Mar 04,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  In a new series, TCM takes a look at ‘problematic’ classics.  World Changing Ideas: Raising the Minimum Wage.  Real World New York's Kevin Powell on reunion, watch first three minutes.  David Shor’s (Updated) 2020 Autopsy and 2022 Forecast.  ‘The Real World’ Co-Creator Jonathan Murray on the New York ‘Homecoming’.  ACLU lawyers: H.R. 1 has serious flaws that could hurt our democracy - The Washington Post.  QAnon and conspiracy theories are taking hold in churches. Pastors are fighting back.  Golden Globes fallout: HFPA members voted not to hire a diversity consultant last summer.  Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager declares victory in state Senate seat race.  Why we publish editorials: An independent voice for Wisconsin helps hold the powerful to account.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Alicia Garza on the Problem of Celebrity in Social Movements.  Placing the Proud Boys on Canada’s Terrorism List Is a Threat to the Left.  I’m a Military Spouse. The Capitol Attack Reminded Me of a War Zone..  Meet the Talented Black Designers Who Made History at Milan Fashion Week.  TCM examines ‘problematic’ film classics in new series.  D.C. Guard Chief Says It Took Over 3 Hours For Approval To Deploy National Guard On Jan. 6.  New TCM series takes a look at ‘problematic’ film classics like ‘Gone with the Wind’.  Las Vegas police retirements up 37% in 2020.  Will Smith says he's been called the 'N-word' a handful of times but never by a 'smart person'.  Max Burns Golden Trump statue at CPAC implies he's king of the GOP. But his position isn't secure..  
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In a new series, TCM takes a look at ‘problematic’ classics
       
Loving classic films can be a fraught pastime. ET with none other than “Gone With the Wind.”“We know millions of people love these films,” said TCM host Jacqueline Stewart, who is participating in many of the conversations. Advertisement“I grew up in a family of people who loved classic films. The classic film podcast “ You Must Remember This ” has an excellent series about the controversial movie and how it came to be. And Stewart, for her part, doesn’t believe that you can simply remove problematic films from the culture.
World Changing Ideas: Raising the Minimum Wage
       
Video How PayPal is actually closing the racial wealth gap Black-owned businesses have been some of the worst hit by the pandemic. Now, PayPal is putting its money where its mouth is. In June 2020, in response to the Black Lives Matter protests, the company announced a $535 million commitment to to support minority-owned businesses in the fight against economic inequality. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and EVP of global sales Peggy Alford join host Chris Denson to discuss why this needs to be a movement and not just a moment.
Real World New York's Kevin Powell on reunion, watch first three minutes
       
None of us knew what to expect because it was almost 30 years ago — are people really going to really be into this? [Laughs] And people are like, I'm going to sign up and get the screaming channel. Doing things like Black Lives Matter, people are like, Yo, what you guys talked about in your season, that's what I was thinking about." When Heather and Julie call each other sisters, they mean that; that's serious, that's real for us. That's real to us.
David Shor’s (Updated) 2020 Autopsy and 2022 Forecast
       
Do you have any sense what was behind the large rightward shift among Hispanic voters? In the summer, following the emergence of “defund the police” as a nationally salient issue, support for Biden among Hispanic voters declined. I’m not claiming that white liberals are somehow less racist than people of color, to the extent that question even makes sense. I mean, Hispanic voters are more liberal on immigration than white voters. If you look at, for example, decriminalizing border crossings, that’s not something that a majority of Hispanic voters support.
‘The Real World’ Co-Creator Jonathan Murray on the New York ‘Homecoming’
       
Seven years ago, Rolling Stone interviewed Real World co-creator Jonathan Murray about the newest season of the groundbreaking MTV reality show. With The Real World coming up on that 30-year milestone, the network became an obvious home for The Real World Homecoming: New York, which premieres with the launch of Paramount+ on March 4th. Watch The Real World: Homecoming with free trial to Paramount+ hereWe caught up with Murray again to talk about the birth of The Real World back in 1992, how it laid the template for all reality TV that followed, what fans can expect from this new season, and the possibility of other classic Real World seasons getting the same Homecoming treatment in the future. That’s pretty young for The Real World, but I had an older sister and she controlled the remote. This kind of programming, particularly those early seasons of The Real World, we would jump in and out of scenes.
ACLU lawyers: H.R. 1 has serious flaws that could hurt our democracy - The Washington Post
       
That means an ad criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for supporting immigration reform or criticizing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) for opposing the Equality Act could trigger disclosure of donors that gave $10,000 or more. Exposure to threats of harassment or violence for nonprofit donors is not the only First Amendment problem with the bill. What is the purpose of inhibiting such people from participating in political speech to advance policies that directly affect their lives? 1 can easily be fixed to protect against these infringements on political speech.
QAnon and conspiracy theories are taking hold in churches. Pastors are fighting back
       
Signers of letter, called "Say No To Christian Nationalism," included Jerushah Duford, the granddaughter of the late Rev. "We've seen that those who embrace Christian nationalism are also more likely to believe in conspiracies." For some pastors, church climates in the last year have become too much to bear. Swieringa recently got a new part-time job pastoring at Kibbie Christian Reformed Church in South Haven, Mich., where masks are mandatory. But he noticed that the concerns about sex trafficking were more specific to a QAnon belief in "Democrat pedophilia."
Golden Globes fallout: HFPA members voted not to hire a diversity consultant last summer
       
HFPA members ultimately voted against bringing Jackson on board, with some members saying they wanted to review other candidates. of Black Journalists on Wednesday said it had agreed to meet with the HFPA and work on a plan to bring more Black journalists into the organization. “Black journalists matter, whether in the United States or around the world,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker in statement. “To me it was taking a job at the worst place in the world even though it was a job for good.”AdvertisementIn recent days, HFPA members have offered a variety of explanations as to the absence of Black members. Theo Kingma, a former HFPA president, previously told The Times that Ofole-Prince didn’t fulfill the requirements established by the MPA.
Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager declares victory in state Senate seat race
       
Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager declared victory Wednesday in the race for the 30th Senate District seat, which stretches from Century City to South L.A., after amassing a large early lead in the vote count against six other candidates. “Woke up this morning to the next chapter ... and I’m ready,” Kamlager said in a Facebook post on her personal page. Before assuming office in the Assembly in 2018, Kamlager was an elected member of the L.A. Community College District Board of Trustees. Kamlager will be the only Black woman in the state Senate. Having a Black woman — a working mother — in the state Senate is critically important for perspective in the fight for recovery, justice and equity.”Times staff writer Melanie Mason and City News Service contributed to this report.
Why we publish editorials: An independent voice for Wisconsin helps hold the powerful to account
       
RELATED:Meet the Editorial Board of the USA TODAY NETWORK-WisconsinIn each case, we published editorials to promote discussion, encourage sound public policies and hold powerful politicians to account. We have no set schedule but write editorials as issues arise. The Ideas Lab is where we showcase our editorials, solutions-focused stories, and expert commentary and analysis on public policy. The Ideas Lab also publishes stories that offer additional context and insight to the news of the day. As always, if you have any questions about our editorials, the Ideas Lab — or anything else — please get in touch.
Alicia Garza on the Problem of Celebrity in Social Movements
       
Technology and the rise of social media have made that question even more complex, shifting our understanding of leadership — and the responsibilities of a leader. A platform in King’s day might have been a church congregation, whereas today a platform could be a social media page. Every actor within a social movement has a role to play and contributions to offer that at some point should be recognized. Black Lives Matter started as a hashtag and then grew into a series of social media pages that connected people online. It doesn’t matter how many people follow me on social media if I am not moving them to do something amazing together offline.
Placing the Proud Boys on Canada’s Terrorism List Is a Threat to the Left
       
Civil Liberties Matter Following 9/11, the extensive exploitation of relaxed civil liberties was used as a pretext to engage in egregious human rights abuses. Because of a street-fighting division of the Proud Boys, nuance is required in parsing the case of the organization. Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, getting a kick out of Chapman’s actions, invited Chapman to join the club. Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio claims that Chapman left in 2017 to form “his own thing.” He applied to rejoin in October 2020 but was rejected. What is very clear is that even if McInnes and his Proud Boys say they weren’t initially interested in the alt-right or street fighting, the street-fighting alt-right were very much interested in the Proud Boys.
I’m a Military Spouse. The Capitol Attack Reminded Me of a War Zone.
       
“Are you okay?” asked a friend and military spouse in the voicemail she left for me on the afternoon the mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol so violently. I listened to concerns that the far-right nationalist attack on the Capitol would, sooner or later, inspire violence against their own families. The Isolation of Military ServiceThere are about 2 million Americans who serve in the US military and 2.6 million more who are military spouses and dependents. Military spouses also care for children in mourning, temporarily or in some cases permanently, over the loss of a parent. And the military that’s been fighting those hopeless, bloody wars in distant lands for so long is on edge, too.
Meet the Talented Black Designers Who Made History at Milan Fashion Week
       
Last February, when Milan Fashion Week purveyor Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana partnered with Tamu McPherson to spotlight Italian creatives of color, Stella Jean — then the only Black designer featured on the calendar — pulled back from showing her collection. Widely recognized in fashion circles as Giorgio Armani's protegé, Jean, who is Haitian-Italian, has been the only Black member of Camera della Moda since being inducted back in 2016. Last summer, she continued to flex her activism muscles by joining forces with Milan-based designer Edward Buchanan and Afro Fashion Week founder Michelle Ngomo to form the Black Lives Matter in Italy Fashion Collective. And this Milan Fashion Week, the powerful group made history with a stellar design showcase in partnership with Camera della Moda: five made-in-Italy labels with BIPOC founders, cleverly dubbed "The Fab Five Bridge Builders." Ahead, find out more about the five incredible designers who are sure to make waves in the fashion scene.
TCM examines ‘problematic’ film classics in new series
       
Loving classic films can be a fraught pastime. Everett CollectionStewart, a University of Chicago professor who in 2019 became the channel’s first African American host, has spent her career studying classic films, particularly those in the silent era, and Black audiences. “I grew up in a family of people who loved classic films. The classic film podcast “ You Must Remember This” has an excellent series about the controversial movie and how it came to be. TCM’s “Reframed Classics” will take a look at Fred Astaire’s blackface routine in “Swing Time.” Courtesy Everett CollectionThe goal of “Reframed Classics” is to help give audiences the tools to discuss films from a different era and not just dismiss or cancel them.
D.C. Guard Chief Says It Took Over 3 Hours For Approval To Deploy National Guard On Jan. 6
       
Pentagon officials did not answer a request to deploy troops during the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 for more than three hours, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard testified Wednesday. Maj. Gen. William Walker said the head of the Capitol Police asked for help during the insurrection, and that senior Pentagon officials did not approve deploying the National Guard until three hours and 19 minutes later. “Immediately after the 1:49 p.m. call with Chief Sund, I alerted the Army Senior Leadership of the request,” Walker said. (Photo: Greg Nash/Pool/AP)Sund, who resigned after facing calls to step down following the deadly attack, also blamed the Pentagon for being slow to deploy the National Guard in his own testimony last week. He said he had asked House and Senate security officials for permission to request that the D.C. National Guard be placed on standby days before the insurrection, but was turned down.
New TCM series takes a look at ‘problematic’ film classics like ‘Gone with the Wind’
       
Loving classic films can be a fraught pastime. This summer, amid the Black Lives Matter protests, the channel’s programmers and hosts decided to do something about it. “I grew up in a family of people who loved classic films. The classic film podcast “You Must Remember This ” has an excellent series about the controversial movie and how it came to be. And Stewart, for her part, doesn’t believe that you can simply remove problematic films from the culture.
Las Vegas police retirements up 37% in 2020
       
(Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenkschmidtttSteve Grammas is the president of Las Vegas Police Protective Association. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayePolice officers mobilize in downtown Las Vegas on June 3, 2020, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoA Las Vegas police officer shouts at a protester to back up as tension between police and demonstrators heightens on May 29, 2020 on the Las Vegas Strip. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoA Las Vegas police officer is struck on the shoulder by a water bottle during clashes with protesters from a Black Lives Matter march dedicated to George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesLas Vegas Metro Police are seen patrolling near the Bellagio hotel and casino fountains on the Las Vegas Strip, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.
Will Smith says he's been called the 'N-word' a handful of times but never by a 'smart person'
       
Will Smith spoke about his experiences with racism in a new podcast interview, revealing that despite being a Hollywood actor he was not immune from targeted aggression. The 52-year-old Men In Black star shared on Pod Save America Monday that he has been called 'the N-word' a handful of times in his life, but had always equated it with levels of intelligence. 'I've been called the N-word to my face probably five or six times. Fortunately for my psyche I've never been called N-word by a smart person,' he shared, before elaborating that he has found that 'less true' as he has gotten older. When it comes to his career in Hollywood, Smith has spoken in the past about not letting racism get 'power' over him.
Max Burns Golden Trump statue at CPAC implies he's king of the GOP. But his position isn't secure.
       
The fracturing MAGA base is big trouble for the former president — and an opportunity for Trump proteges like Florida Gov. And while CPAC attendees may represent an extreme fringe of the GOP, that fringe tracks with the broader party mood. And Trump’s declining popularity indicates that what Republican voters find unpalatable is Trump himself. With the votes to pass any legislation they want, DeSantis and Florida Republicans can credibly claim to be a more effective, less distracting version of Trump. Trump will remain a vengeful voice within the GOP even if he forgos a third campaign for the White House.
Kentucky Sheriff Uses Front-End Loader to Carry Trapped Motorist Out of Floodwater
       
Pearson, which owns the exam board Edexcel and is one of the UK’s largest education publishers, has drawn up its first ever in-depth guidelines on race and ethnicity. The company said its new editorial guidelines - which will be sent to all authors and editors - will help to “fight systematic racism in education”. “Pearson has recently remediated instances of biased terminology and imagery in courseware based on student feedback,” a spokesman said. Under its new race and ethnicity guidelines, authors are told to “proactively” include more examples of people from minority ethnicities as “positive role models”. For example, textbooks should not have black male students engaging in sports or south Asian female students choosing academic pursuits.
Op-Ed: What the world got wrong about Rodney King
       
He was called Glen by family and friends, and that’s what I called him too, for Rodney Glen King was, indeed, a friend of mine. Thirty years ago, on March 3, 1991, Glen King went out drinking and driving with pals until a patrol car spotted his car speeding on the freeway and gave chase. By comparison, the Rodney King uprising of 1992 cost 63 lives and 2,383 injuries. The Rodney King I knew had been slowed by brain damage, and yet I never met a kinder, more forgiving and genuinely funny guy. Dennis McDougal, a former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, is author of 14 books and co-producer of an upcoming documentary on the life of Rodney King.
Las Vegas police retirements up 36% in 2020
       
(Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenkschmidtttSteve Grammas is the president of Las Vegas Police Protective Association. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayePolice officers mobilize in downtown Las Vegas on June 3, 2020, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoA Las Vegas police officer shouts at a protester to back up as tension between police and demonstrators heightens on May 29, 2020 on the Las Vegas Strip. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoA Las Vegas police officer is struck on the shoulder by a water bottle during clashes with protesters from a Black Lives Matter march dedicated to George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesLas Vegas Metro Police are seen patrolling near the Bellagio hotel and casino fountains on the Las Vegas Strip, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.
In a new series, TCM takes a look at ‘problematic’ classics
       
Loving classic films can be a fraught pastime. Just consider the cultural firestorm over “Gone With the Wind” this past summer. This summer, amid the Black Lives Matter protests, the channel’s programmers and hosts decided to do something about it. ET with none other than “Gone With the Wind.”“We know millions of people love these films,” said TCM host Jacqueline Stewart, who is participating in many of the conversations. She knows first-hand the tension of loving films that also contain racial stereotypes.
Disgusted parents say schools are bombarding their kids with anti-racist agendas
       
In interviews with DailyMail.com, parents say they've been overwhelmed by education reformers seeking to impose anti-racist agendas on America's schools. Parents say they've been overwhelmed by education reformers seeking to impose anti-racist agendas on America's schools. 'Why are we constantly focused on race, race, race, color, color, color,' she said. 'Black History Month is in February, but it hasn't even been brought up at any of our schools,' the mom told DailyMail.com. 'We've received threats and been bombarded by hate mail, people calling us 'coons' and saying, 'Die n*****,' Roberto German told DailyMail.com.
Frustration is growing over the obstacles Biden's nominees of color are facing
       
But now the slow and contentious process of getting some of his top picks confirmed is leading progressive groups to question whether his nominees of color are facing a higher level of scrutiny than White male nominees of past administrations. But there is a growing sense of frustration about the obstacles that some of these nominees are facing. As women, we're exhausted by this, and as women of color, we see this consistently." attorney general, is being Two women of color whom Biden has nominated for top posts at the Justice Department are also facing intense scrutiny. 'It just smacks of a different standard'Advocates say these nominees are facing heightened scrutiny.
Morning Digest: Rhode Island has a new governor, but a hard fight looms if he wants to say in office
       
McKee, though, came close to losing renomination in 2018 to progressive state Rep. Aaron Regunberg. There has also been speculation that state House Minority Leader Blake Filippi could also campaign for governor. ? LA-02: Both Democratic state senators competing in the March 20 all-party primary for this safely blue seat received a notable endorsement over the last few days. Mayors? Hialeah, FL Mayor: Republican Mayor Carlos Hernandez is termed-out this year as leader of Hialeah, a longtime GOP bastion that's home to the highest proportion of Cuban Americans in the country, and a familiar name is running to succeed him. ? Minneapolis, MN Mayor: Former state Rep. Kate Knuth announced Tuesday that she would challenge her fellow Democrat, Mayor Jacob Frey, in the November instant-runoff election.
House Rejects Cori Bush’s Amendment on Voting Rights for Incarcerated People
       
For Bush and other proponents of voter enfranchisement, restoring voting rights for incarcerated people is crucial to confronting the nation’s legacy of racist voter suppression. 1 would restore voting rights for people with felony convictions after they have served their sentences. A vote on the amendment split the House Democratic caucus between its moderate and progressive wings, with 119 Democrats voting against the amendment and 97 supporting voting rights. In a tweet after the vote, Bush vowed to continue the fight for universal voting rights. Across the country, grassroots activists are working to restore voting rights for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, and they have already had some success in states such as Florida and Louisiana.
$20 million lawsuit filed against Catholic high school over 'blackface photo'
       
The incident took place in August 2017 prior to the boys starting school that fall at St. Francis. "Believing themselves to look 'silly' in the masks, A.H. and Minor III took a time-stamped photograph of themselves in the masks," the lawsuit states. Pupils from St. Francis High School in Mountainview, Calif. The image sparked outrage from other St. Francis students and parents and prompted the school's president, Jason Curtis, to publicly condemn it. St. Francis and Curtis did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
In a new series, TCM takes a look at ‘problematic’ classics
       
FILE - This April 11, 2019 file photo shows Jacqueline Stewart at the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival - Opening Night Gala for "When Harry Met Sally" in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)FILE - This April 11, 2019 file photo shows Jacqueline Stewart at the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival - Opening Night Gala for "When Harry Met Sally" in Los Angeles. Turner Classic Movies is launching a new series, “Reframed Classics,” which promises wide-ranging discussions about 18 culturally significant films from the 1920s through the 1960s. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)Loving classic films can be a fraught pastime. The classic film podcast “ You Must Remember This ” has an excellent series about the controversial movie and how it came to be.
3rd man accuses a Chicago activist priest of sexual abuse
       
Rodney King in Los Angeles, 2012. “Since Rodney King, LAPD has just gotten slicker. Flames roar from a Thrifty Drug store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles on 29 April 1992. Smoke rises from a shopping center burned by rioters in Los Angeles on 30 April 1992. Recent data has repeatedly shown that LAPD officers stop and search Black and Latino residents at significantly higher rates than white residents.
Capitol Police warns of attack by "an identified militia group" on March 4
       
But the leak also demonstrates how the radical group has recruited from a broad swath of Americans, not just military and law enforcement. There has been a particular focus on the militia movement after the 6 January attack on the Capitol in Washington DC, in which a rampaging pro-Trump mob included militia members and others from far-right organizations. He joined the breached AP3% website with thesales email address of the group’s merchandise website. Dr Balog was another AP3% member who responded to requests for comment on the website leak. Jennifer Delane Hinson, a dental assistant in Pontotoc, Mississippi, was also a member of the AP3% Facebook group, along with groups like the “Mississippi Minute Man Militia” and “III% Militia national Contingency”, all under the alias, Jenny Plunk.
Point of View: Leonard Pitts Jr.: Black history is America’s history. It will not be erased — no matter how hard America tries
       
Things — obvious things — happen, but they don’t know why, because they have not been taught. As Black History Month draws to a close, we are met with a spate of headlines distressing and depressing in their tiresome familiarity. In Utah, a school allows students to opt out of lessons on African American history; the option is rescinded after a national backlash. In New Jersey, Rutgers University is investigating racist intrusions into Zoom events related to Black History Month. In Tennessee, a principal chooses as a theme for Black History Month the slogan, “All Lives Matter;” the principal, an African American woman(!
Black Lives Matter opens up about its finances
       
NEW YORK — The foundation widely seen as a steward of the Black Lives Matter movement says it took in just over $90 million last year, according to a financial snapshot shared exclusively with The Associated Press. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is now building infrastructure to catch up to the speed of its funding and plans to use its endowment to become known for more than protests after Black Americans die at the hands of police or vigilantes. “We want to uplift Black joy and liberation, not just Black death. We want to see Black communities thriving, not just surviving,” reads an impact report the foundation shared with the AP before releasing it. This marks the first time in the movement’s nearly eight-year history that BLM leaders have revealed a detailed look at their finances.
Half of SEC basketball teams are coached by Black women: 'It looks like what it's supposed to look like'
       
When Kentucky named Kyra Elzy its women's basketball coach in December, she knew there would be big expectations. Elzy became the seventh Black woman leading an SEC women's basketball program for the 2020-21 season. "There have been so many Black coaches to lead the way in order for me to be given this opportunity." The other Black coaches in the SEC are at Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina or half the league. "The NCAA women's basketball has been comprised of a lot of older white women and some men," Staley said.
Three decades after beating of Rodney King - his daughter is still fighting for real change
       
She is now aged 37, but King says the assault upon her father, Rodney, feels like it happened just five years ago. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. That will be so amazing, but it’s up in the air, you never know.”King is one of three daughters Rodney King had with different women. Her organisation works with many of the poorer communities of Los Angeles and elsewhere.
Michelle Obama discusses racism while plugging new book
       
Despite being asked about racism and the Black Lives Matter movement by anchor Robin Roberts, neither woman made reference to the controversy surrounding the ban on several of Dr. Seuss' books. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that preserves and protects the author's legacy, made the announcement on Tuesday, which coincided with the late author and illustrator's birthday. Biden broke presidential tradition when he left out any mention of Dr. Seuss during his proclamation on Monday; both Michelle's husband Barack and Donald Trump recognized Dr. Seuss' contributions several times in their annual proclamations during their respective presidencies. Michelle also has a close personal connection to Dr. Seuss, having read many of the authors books to children during her time as First Lady, from 2008 to 2016. Seuss ok when Michelle Obama read it to children but now has racist undertones when our First Lady donates books?'
What happened to George Floyd, whose alleged killer goes on trial next week
       
The clerk asked him to return the cigarettes, but Mr Floyd refused, and seemed “drunk and not in control of himself,” according to 911 logs. Four officers — Mr Chauvin, plus Tou Thao , and new recruits Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — arrived at the scene. Police said they found Mr Floyd sitting on his car, where he appeared intoxicated and resisted arrest. He and Mr Chauvin may have actually crossed paths before, when Mr Floyd was working as a bouncer inside the El Nuevo Rodeo night club, and Mr Chauvin was working outside as the club’s off-duty police officer. Read MoreMinneapolis cancels plan to hire social media influencers to spin George Floyd murder trialGeorge Floyd kin joins protest anthem album projectFederal grand jury hearing evidence in death of George Floyd
Michelle Obama discusses racism while plugging new book
       
Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that preserves and protects the author's legacy, made the announcement on Tuesday, which coincided with the late author and illustrator's birthday. Biden broke presidential tradition when he left out any mention of Dr. Seuss during his proclamation on Monday. Both Michelle's husband Barack and Donald Trump recognized Dr. Seuss' contributions several times in their annual proclamations during their respective presidencies. Michelle also has a close personal connection to Dr. Seuss, having read many of the authors books to children during her time as First Lady, from 2008 to 2016. Michelle also shared how she is teaching her own daughters to use 'the power of their voices' in her first interview since Joe Biden's inauguration.
'Exit Counselors' Strain To Pull Americans Out Of A Web Of False Conspiracies
       
Queen is among an alarming number of Americans responding to a recent Ipsos poll, who mistook several false conspiracy theories for truth. More commonly referred to as "exit counselors" or "de-radicalizers," they help people caught up in cultic ideologies to reconnect with reality. One click led to another, and he wound up deep into dark conspiracies and hate speech dressed up as dogma. That's right!" "That's right," agrees Queen.
We need more people of colour in the outdoors – its healing power is undisputed
       
However, it wasn’t until the Race Relations Act in the late 1960s that discrimination in advertising, employment and housing was made unlawful. I grew up in the 70s where racism was mainstream, when primetime BBC ‘entertainment’ included white people in ‘black face’ doing silly dances. Some other immigrant groups see the outdoors as a step backward, a throwback to the rural poverty of their forefathers. People who have historically stayed close to home are discovering the joy of the outdoors and are looking for more. However, being a beginner is intimidating, exacerbated if you are a different colour to everyone in an environment that is totally alien.
Spate of awards-season films track FBI tactics against Black activists
       
Billie Holiday? By the time jazz singer Billie Holiday made her mark in the late ‘30s, singing the haunting lynching lament “Strange Fruit,” such investigations were commonplace. Andra Day as Billie Holiday in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.” (Photo Credit: Takashi Seida)As Holiday lay dying of cirrhosis, Anslinger had her set up for drugs one more time. “Even in high school, he demonstrated a real ability to unify and organize across races,” says “Black Messiah” director Shaka King. Martin Luther King in a scene from Sam Pollard’s “MLK/FBI.” (IFC Films)King, more than anyone else, fit Hoover’s fear of a Black messiah.
Enough is enough: Lafayette officials want action over Trump bridge protests
       
“I don’t care what the protesters are protesting,” Mayor Susan Candell told the council on Feb. 22. The council asked city officials to bring back a report on the feasibility of painting curbs red near the overpass to prevent demonstrators from parking nearby. Some nearby residents say the current demonstrators, who are questioning the results of the presidential election, are intimidating. “I have felt threatened and have never felt safe,” Amy Norstad told the council. “We believe in safety.”Starting in November, because of the increased calls for service, Lafayette police regularly post one to two officers in the area of the overpass during the protests.
Kentuckians understand racism is real. Rand Paul should too
       
Charles BookerOpinion contributorLast week, Sen. Rand Paul tried to do what he does best: manufacture controversy and create cultural grievance to divide Kentuckians against each other. The piece expressed support for ending no-knock raids, but suggested that any mention of institutionalized or systemic racism was a lie. I want to respond to the specific argument first: no-knock raids should be banned, but not because race isn’t a factor. Kentuckians understand that what happened to Breonna Taylor wasn’t right. Related story:Kentucky Senate passes ban on many, but not all, no-knock warrantsBut not Rand Paul, who blocked the Emmett Till anti-lynching legislation.
David Shor’s (Updated) 2020 Autopsy and 2022 Forecast
       
Do you have any sense what was behind the large rightward shift among Hispanic voters? In the summer, following the emergence of “defund the police” as a nationally salient issue, support for Biden among Hispanic voters declined. I mean, Hispanic voters are more liberal on immigration than white voters. If you look at, for example, decriminalizing border crossings, that’s not something that a majority of Hispanic voters support. If these college-educated were primarily rejecting Donald Trump, Democrats might not be able to count on their support in 2022 and beyond.
What's popular on Facebook? Extreme far right political views and lies, study says
       
Far-right sources of news and information that spread misinformation have even higher engagement than far-right sources overall, generating on average 65% more engagement per follower, according to the study. Facebook says the NYU study mostly examines how people engage with certain types of content, not how many people actually see it on the platform. But the report echoes findings from other researchers that far-right content resonates with Facebook users, in large part because it elicits strong reactions. The top 5 far-right news and information sources included in the NYU study were Dan Bongino, Newsmax, Breitbart, TruthFeed, and Trending Politics. Engagement with posts from far-right and far-left news sources peaked around Election Day and again on Jan. 6 when a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, the study report found.
TikTok empowered these plus-sized women, then took down some of their posts. They still don't know why
       
It made her rethink the content she posts, which can be a difficult tradeoff since her mission is body positivity. Scrolling through videos on TikTok, the short-form video app especially popular among teens and 20-somethings, there's no shortage of scantily clad women and sexually suggestive content. Adding to their confusion is the fact that even after appealing to the company, the videos don't always get reinstated. And like many other social networks, TikTok also uses AI to help humans sift through large numbers of posts and remove objectionable content. The company statement followed a report alleging the platform took action on posts from users who were overweight, among others.
QAnon and conspiracy theories are taking hold in churches. Pastors are fighting back.
       
“You have been with my family and in my home and I care for you but you are dabbling in darkness. Details emerging from investigations into hundreds of Capitol rioters have cast an unsettling light on the toxic roles that fringe religious beliefs and QAnon conspiracy theories have played in shaking big and small churches across the nation. “We’ve seen that those who embrace Christian nationalism are also more likely to believe in conspiracies.”In interviews, pastors said houses of worship were particularly susceptible. The Sunday after the Capitol attacks, he spoke in church about the parable of the good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37. For some pastors, church climates in the last year have become too much to bear.
NBA stars rally around LeBron James following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's swipe at the LA Lakers star
       
The world of basketball has rallied around LeBron James after he was criticised by Zlatan Ibrahimovic over his social activism. And those within his sport have come to his defence too, following the Swede's attack. Enes Kanter has defended LeBron James and has spoken on the difference between political opinions and fighting injustice'Black Lives Matter is not a political statement, we are speaking against oppression. In a Twitter post he wrote: 'Zlatan stay yo a** out of LA. Meanwhile, another former star, Jeremy Lin, pointed to the hypocrisy within the world outside of sport when it comes to engagement with professional athletes.
Arizona's Rep. Paul Gosar: GOP's leading ambassador to white supremacy
       
Advertisement:Fuentes went on to mock Gosar's Republican colleagues and made fun of Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., for using a wheelchair. Walsh noted that just two years ago the Republican Party stripped King of his committee assignments after he questioned why the term "white supremacy "was deemed offensive. "We had Congressman Paul Gosar come to a meeting, he is the elected representative here in Northern Arizona," Arroyo said. Walsh predicted that despite calls for Gosar to be punished, the Republican Party will stay silent because of the effect Trump has had on the party over the last five years. Trump makes signals to a lot of these white supremacists and white nationalists.
State Rep. Sharon Har faces drunken driving penalties she helped write
       
The other driver was not allowed to be driving and faced a third drunken driving case for the crash. It appears from court records that her February arrest was Har’s first for suspicion of drunken driving. … Seeing what Representative Har has gone through and realizing what Representative Har could have caused has reached many people. In reports from multiple HPD officers, Har made no mention of using any medication. At one point, officer Dan Ting wrote, “HAR began to scream, yelling ‘owe’ and that officers were hurting her.
Lawmakers to question FBI, defense officials as they probe failures precipitating Capitol riot
       
ADAD“An online thread discussed specific calls for violence to include stating ‘Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled,’ ” the report stated. NOTHING else will achieve this goal.’ ”BLM is a common reference to the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice. The hearing Wednesday will allow lawmakers to press the FBI about the intelligence that the agency gathered, as well as military and homeland security officials about their response to the possible threat. In addition to congressional inquiries, the inspectors general of several federal agencies are investigating officials’ response.
Did Record Gun Sales Cause A Spike In Gun Crime? Researchers Say It's Complicated
       
Did Record Gun Sales Cause A Spike In Gun Crime? By the end of the year, at least 20 million guns were sold legally, up from about 12.4 million in 2019. "Black gun ownership is way up, Asian gun ownership is way up, Hispanic gun ownership is way up," says Cam Edwards, the editor of BearingArms.com. For some, this "democratization" of gun sales is a matter of exercising a civil right. But the spike may not be over: Initial background-check statistics suggest gun sales have continued at near-record levels into January and February of 2021.
Letters to the editor
       
He repeatedly pressed Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in 2010 over his firm’s role in the mortgage securities business, fully expecting to frame Blankfein as a villain. No one told Levin that the clients were fully aware of Goldman’s multiple roles in packaging these securities. It is fairly obvious that when the money was to be distributed, that BLM did not really matter to our state leaders, unless of course it was for a photo op. People need to take note and see how we are lied to on a daily basis from our state leaders and yet we still elect these same people to office. Ongoing attendance restrictions continue to threaten many racetracks along with other entertainment venues, which provide jobs and are integral to communities.
US militia group draws members from military and police, website leak shows
       
Sign up for the Guardian's First Thing newsletterA Guardian investigation of a website leak from the American Patriots Three Percent shows the anti-government militia group have recruited a network across the United States that includes current and former military members, police and border patrol agents. But the leak also demonstrates how the radical group has recruited from a broad swath of Americans, not just military and law enforcement. There has been a particular focus on the militia movement after the 6 January attack on the Capitol in Washington DC, in which a rampaging pro-Trump mob included militia members and others from far-right organizations. Many of the members revealed by the leak have extensive armed forces experience, including some who are still serving in branches of the US military. Dr Balog was another AP3% member who responded to requests for comment on the website leak.
Opinion: What's happening in Texas and Mississippi has to stop
       
(CNN) The historic winter storm that crippled Texas during the third week of February spotlighted the Lone Star State's pervasive history of structural racism. The storm's aftershocks continue to be felt in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi where many Black and brown residents continue to lack power, clean drinking water and shelter. The conservative free-market ideology that led to the deregulation of Texas utilities has been catastrophic on racially segregated and economically impoverished communities. Abbott's false claims that the winter storm "showed how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal" for America reflects the Orwellian nature of American politics. The failure of political leadership and moral imagination of the Texas governor is boundless.
What School Didn't Teach You About the Black Panthers
       
And to understand that [the Black Panthers] were about much more than the berets that they sported and the guns that they carried. They were about building a society that supports human dignity.”In the last year, the Black Panthers’ health programs have only become more relevant. The Black Panthers didn’t think the programs did enough to help the poor, with some members even doubting if equal access to quality healthcare could exist in a capitalist society. Additionally, many contemporary physicians share the same concerns addressed by the Black Panthers’ clinics. She has seen firsthand the implicit bias in healthcare settings that the Black Panthers were trying to combat 50 years ago.
Drop Everything, Dolly Parton Got the Vaccine
       
Crowds wept, rain fell, and the sun shone, all because today, the one and only Dolly Rebecca Parton got her COVID-19 vaccine. On Twitter, Parton’s official account shared that, “Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine,” confirming her preference for the Moderna vaccine that she helped to fund. Dolly wore seemingly the perfect outfit to get the vaccine — a navy, glittery cold-shoulder top, matching mask, necklace and a smokey eye to boot. Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine. @VUMChealth pic.twitter.com/JMPQb6zJWd — Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 2, 2021It’s been a huge year for Dolly, what with reading goodnight stories to children during the pandemic and saving the life of her child co-star on the set of her Netflix movie Christmas on the Square.
Lakers' Marc Gasol out against Phoenix because of health and safety protocols
       
Rodney King in Los Angeles, 2012. “Since Rodney King, LAPD has just gotten slicker. Flames roar from a Thrifty Drug store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles on 29 April 1992. Smoke rises from a shopping center burned by rioters in Los Angeles on 30 April 1992. Recent data has repeatedly shown that LAPD officers stop and search Black and Latino residents at significantly higher rates than white residents.
Rodney King: 30 years after brutal beating, activists say LAPD 'still corrupt and violent'
       
Rodney King in Los Angeles, 2012. “Since Rodney King, LAPD has just gotten slicker. ‘The whole world watched’On 3 March 1991, just after midnight, 25-year-old Rodney King was pulled over, and four white LAPD officers brutally kicked and beat him on the pavement. Flames roar from a Thrifty Drug store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles on 29 April 1992. Smoke rises from a shopping center burned by rioters in Los Angeles on 30 April 1992.
'Protests matter': Cities where BLM activists march see about 20% drop in cop killings
       
Founded in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement took shape in response to the acquittal of a Florida man accused of murdering a Black child. So fed up with the cycle of abusive and deadly policing, Black Lives Matter made its initial call on May 30 to defund the police and instead invest in “education, mental health, and non-carceral and non-punitive community-led systems and programs,” the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation said in its 2020 impact report. Governments, organizations, and businesses throughout the country have made statements of support and initiated plans to better support and respond to the needs of Black communities. Aislinn Pulley, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Chicago, told Scientific American an especially important result of the movement is the push to collect better data on police killings. “We should use that knowledge to know that the work we’re engaged in—the movement, the advocacy, the organizing—is what we need,” Pulley told Scientific American.
The apprentice
       
The foundation for Hawley’s political career was laid early. Like Trump, Hawley’s economic populism is selective. But Hawley does not want the Republican Party to be the party of Uber, at least; he wants to bring Silicon Valley to heel. “You have to go back a century to find a set of corporations that exert as much power,” Hawley said in 2019. They’ve concentrated so much party power in the hands of one man, and now, to put it in terms an economic populist might understand, Trumpism may be too big to fail.
Capitol riot was act of terrorism – FBI director
       
Tear gas is released into a crowd of protesters during the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, Washington. Photo: Reuters/Shannon StapletonFBI Director Chris Wray yesterday accused supporters of Donald Trump, who carried out a deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol, of domestic terrorism. “I was appalled that you, our country’s elected leaders, were victimised right here in these very halls,” Mr Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr Wray also stated his belief that violent extremists, motivated by racial and anti-government ideology, have emerged as the biggest domestic terrorism threat to the US. The FBI made 180 arrests related to domestic terrorism during 2020 using a mix of federal, state and local charges, the official added.
Emotional Lawrence Jones discusses impact of remote learning on minority kids: 'I see myself in those stats'
       
"Our kids are struggling in silence, while the unions scream to keep the schools closed," Jones said on "Fox News Primetime." Jones pointed to a study conducted by a group of Ohio students which found that Black children were chronically absent 60% more in 2020 than in 2019. — Lawrence Jones, Fox Nation host"If I seem angry or upset by this, please understand why. Our kids will go back to school and maybe, just maybe, we'll forget about this last year. Never forget," Jones concluded.
Mike Brown’s father, Ferguson organizers request $20M from BLM
       
Tory Russell, co-founder of the International Black Freedom Alliance and Mike Brown Sr. have requested the funding for their community. Mike Brown Sr. and local community organizer Tony Russell have demanded the Black Lives Matter organization provide $20M to continue their work in Ferguson, Missouri. “On behalf of many activists in the St. Louis area, I’m joined by Mike Brown Sr., the father of Mike Brown Jr. Today, we hold Black Lives Matter accountable,” Russell announced in the video. “Even before the article, ” the tweet stated, “Mike Brown Sr. and many Black community members have had questions about the money #BlackLivesMatter was raising.”Even before the article that @aaronlmorrison came out #Ferguson Mike Brown Sr. and many Black community members have had questions about the money #BlackLivesMatter was raising. The post Mike Brown’s father, Ferguson organizers request $20M from BLM appeared first on TheGrio.
What happened to George Floyd, whose killer goes on trial next week
       
On 25 May, a convenience store employee in Minneapolis called 911 and said that Mr Floyd, 46, had bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Four officers — Mr Chauvin, plus Tou Thao , and new recruits Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — arrived at the scene. Police said they found Mr Floyd sitting on his car, where he appeared intoxicated and resisted arrest. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
On Rainforest, Chicago rapper Noname says the loud part quiet
       
If it can happen in music, it’s happening in Noname’s music. “Rainforest” isn’t a song to chant in the streets. “Now I ain’t no dummy to think I’m above criticism/So when I see something that’s valid, I listen,” Cole rapped. Two days later, Noname delivered her atomizing response — and because “Song 33” was music, not Twitter, the serenity of her tone had a lot to do with it. “He really ’bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?
Opinion: What's happening in Texas and Mississippi has to stop
       
(CNN) The historic winter storm that crippled Texas during the third week of February spotlighted the Lone Star State's pervasive history of structural racism. The storm's aftershocks continue to be felt in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mississippi where many Black and brown residents continue to lack power, clean drinking water and shelter. The conservative free-market ideology that led to the deregulation of Texas utilities has been catastrophic on racially segregated and economically impoverished communities. Abbott's false claims that the winter storm "showed how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal" for America reflects the Orwellian nature of American politics. The failure of political leadership and moral imagination of the Texas governor is boundless.
Kelly Loeffler's sale of the Atlanta Dream shows the 'stick to sports' era is over
       
Last Friday, the WNBA approved the sale of its Atlanta Dream franchise to a new ownership group. The sale of the Dream bookends a remarkable period of activism by athletes that has fully repudiated the “stick to sports” orthodoxy that has prevailed in the sports world until recently. It certainly didn’t hurt the campaign — before the Dream debuted their “Vote Warnock” shirts, Warnock was polling at only 9 percent. Eventually, under pressure from the league, the players and sponsors, Sterling was forced to sell the team. The sale of the Dream might be a fitting climax to this tumultuous period, but it could also be the beginning of a new era in sports management.
Vernon Jordan’s Creed: ‘Michelle, I’m Too Old To Let Race Get In The Way of Friendship’
       
But there weren’t big bucks being waved around for the kind of memoir Jordan wanted to write. Later in life, Jordan would be squired around town by a driver of his own. During Jordan’s tenure, the group’s strategy was to advance Black progress in part through alliances with enlightened white civic and corporate leaders. Even though he didn’t win Jordan’s endorsement in 2008, no one demonstrated that more potently than Obama himself. Even so, the racial progress of the next generation will be more attainable in the wake of progress of the past two—achievements with which Jordan’s life was inextricably intertwined.
Special election for state Senate seat in Los Angeles County draws crowded field
       
Voters in a state Senate district of Los Angeles County that stretches from Century City to South L.A. will head to the polls Tuesday for a special election for the successor of a seat previously held by Supervisor Holly Mitchell. Mitchell, a Democrat, represented the 30th Senate District, which includes Mar Vista and downtown L.A., before vacating the seat after winning the 2nd District seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in the November election. Seven candidates are on the ballot, including Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles), who represents the 54th District. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, a special general election will be held May 4. Residents can bring those ballots with them to a vote center or cast them in a ballot drop box until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Why Some Asian Americans are Staying Silent About the Ongoing Hate Crimes
       
So many devastating hate crimes are happening in such a short amount of time, but almost no one is talking about them. We can’t deny that Asian Americans face discrimination on a different scale from our Black brothers and sisters. Decades of this divide has left many Asian Americans questioning whether they’re Asian enough . Some state prosecutors have failed to address these cases as hate crimes, and in some cases, defendants are being released without bail . Ask your parents if they've heard about the most recent wave of anti-Asian hate crimes, or bring it up in conversation with friends.
Can Historic Social Injustices be Addressed Through Reparations?
       
And then I had somebody who wanted reparations and somebody who didn’t want reparations to kind of give their arguments. And I believe in that, and as an immigrant who’s come to the United States, I really think it’s an incredibly special and wonderful country. I think there’s a sense by many Blacks that this part of American history hasn’t received the attention it deserves. And in fact, there was no meaningful effort to really think through addressing those crimes until the 1990s. Because the people who these things were done to may be gone, and then reparations becomes even thornier than it is in the Tulsa case.
What Black Leaders Bring to the Table
       
Sanders is the author of Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph . His book is called, “Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned From Trauma and Triumph.” Chad, thanks so much for being here. We’ve seen the number of Black owned and Black started companies in the last 30 years double. I do think that’s going to be good for our economy. ALISON BEARD: That’s Chad Sanders, the author of, “Black Magic.” This episode was produced by Mary Dooe.
Implementing Inclusive Policies Across a Global Organization
       
While issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DI&B) have increasingly taken center stage in corporate America, many U.S.-based companies struggle to extend new policies across their global teams. And when my coworker visited our new office the following year, he told me he appreciated our choice of a more inclusive location. Once our international offices were established, it was essential to ensure that our U.S.-based DI&B initiatives were being effectively translated abroad. Broaden Inclusive Language Initiatives Beyond EnglishFinally, another component of DI&B that is often overlooked when companies expand globally is inclusive language policies. But to demonstrate a genuine, consistent commitment to these principles, global companies must implement value-driven policies not just at home but wherever they operate.
Mercedes unveil car for Lewis Hamilton’s record-breaking eighth F1 title bid
       
Mercedes have unveiled the car Sir Lewis Hamilton hopes will take him to a record-breaking eighth Formula One world championship. Hamilton, 36, is this year bidding to move one title clear of Michael Schumacher in what could be the British driver’s final campaign in F1. Introducing the W12 ?? Get your first look at our 2021 F1 car! #WeLivePerformance pic.twitter.com/RiZEBTyarb — Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) March 2, 2021Hamilton, who last month signed only a one-year extension, will be partnered by Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes for a fifth season. Story continuesWith few changes to the rulebook over the winter, Hamilton’s Mercedes team will start as the favourites to complete a remarkable eighth drivers’ and constructors’ double.
Ryan Reaves Continues Stand Against Racial Injustice
       
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY SportsBy Carol SchramRyan Reaves has a well-earned reputation as the most fearsome enforcer in today’s NHL. “It's great that the NBA did this and the MLB, WNBA; they have a lot of Black players in those leagues. When Reaves and his fellow players took their stand in August, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association pushed back. Hopefully, that isn’t misinterpreted.”Later, Grammas wrote a second letter to the union, reporting that Golden Knights majority owner Bill Foley had expressed appreciation for their work. Meanwhile, a group of 17 other local community organizations issued a statement thanking local sports organizations, including the Golden Knights, for bringing attention to social injustice.
Channel 4 have dropped Ant Middleton from SAS: Who Dares Wins
       
Channel 4 have cut all ties with Ant Middleton from SAS: Who Dares Wins, saying they won't work with him again due to his "personal conduct". Ant also took to social media to address him leaving the show, alleging it was his decision. He wrote on Twitter:"After 5 incredible years I’ve decided it’s time to move on from SAS Who Dares Wins UK. Dusty Baxter-Wright Senior Entertainment & Lifestyle Writer Dusty Baxter-Wright is Cosmopolitan's Senior Entertainment and Lifestyle Writer, covering celebrities, movies, TV and books as well as travel, interiors, food and drink on a daily basis. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
How Trump has shaken Gen Z and millennial faith in democracy
       
While a majority of Americans wanted to see Trump impeached and convicted, millennials and members of Generation Z were the driving force behind those numbers. An early February Morning Consult + Politico National Tracking Poll found that 64 percent of millennials and 59 percent of Gen Zers wanted to see Trump convicted. Those levels of support for conviction were higher than among their elders in Gen X (51 percent) and baby boomers (49 percent). In advance of Trump’s second impeachment, younger voters were more focused on accountability for the former president than Republicans writ large. Among the policies that are top of mind for these young voters: student debt, immigration reform, voting rights and questions of gender and racial equity.
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
       
The attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many on health workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. "I think in the U.S. the culture has been more of trusting health workers," Haar, the emergency physician, said. "There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community." With or without a pandemic, the most dangerous places for health workers are often areas of conflict and political upheaval.
Teens sue exclusive Catholic high school for $20M over 'blackface' allegations
       
Two teens who were booted from an exclusive California Catholic school over a "blackface" photo are suing the school for $20 million — claiming they were actually wearing acne treatment masks. Still, it wasn’t until June 2020 that the pic resurfaced and went viral on social media following Floyd’s death on May 25, which sparked global Black Lives Matter demonstrations. The picture was posted on an Instagram meme account created by recent graduates of the school on June. St. Francis President Jason Curtiss told the Chronicle the school could not comment on the lawsuit because of the pending litigation and student privacy laws. "St. Francis High Schools is committed to creating an educational environment where all students feel safe, welcome, and included," he wrote in an email.
Squad amendment to restore voting rights to felons, incarcerated individuals fails in House
       
The House Tuesday rejected an amendment authored by the progressive Squad to restore voting rights not only to felons but to individuals who are currently incarcerated. ... Our democracy will remain broken and sick and unhealthy until we heal and restore the right to vote for incarcerated individuals." EVERY HOUSE DEMOCRAT SIGNS ONTO SWEEPING ELECTION REFORM BILL BLASTED BY GOPThe amendment was offered to House Democrats' sweeping voting rights and campaign finance reform legislation, known as the For The People Act. House Democrats passed similar legislation last Congress, but it died in the GOP-led Senate at the time. The voting reform legislation, numbered H.R.
Antifa Didn't Storm The Capitol. Just Ask The Rioters.
       
Antifa Didn't Storm The Capitol. In fact, some rioters seemed annoyed that antifa was getting the credit for the Capitol attack, and they took to social media to say so. Several rioters said they brought a weapon to the Capitol because of the perceived threat of antifa, according to court documents. And he allegedly directed an online message at antifa groups, who are known for wearing black to counter-protests:"We will be blending in as one of you. Similarly, there are antifa groups, but antifa itself is not a group," says Mark Bray, a historian and the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.
Slavery reparations approved by Bristol Council in act of 'atonement'
       
Reparations for slavery have been approved by Bristol City Council in act of “atonement”. The motion to provide financial support and address “the uncomfortable truth that lighter skin did (and continues to) confer greater advantage” was passed 47 votes to 12 by the Labour-led council. Council papers stated that “reparations are necessary for achieving social justice” as “racism and racial hierarchy” continues to create divisions, and economic action was needed to support the descendants of “enslaved Afrikans”. Proposed reparative justice will include “wealth creation strategies”, identifying institutions that have benefited from slavery so they can “work towards atonement and reparations”, along with an recognition of “a crime against humanity”. It further enjoins councillors to call for a UK-wide system of reparations.
Obama initially refused to support Joe Biden, 'an aging politician having his last hurrah'
       
Among the issues that threatened Biden's campaign were his habit of being handsy, something he claimed was his way of empathizing with people. According to 'Lucky', in private Biden didn't see what all the fuss was. During a discussion with prominent black businesses executives Obama failed to even mention Biden, a telling omission that spoke volumes. But the lack of enthusiasm still hurt and Biden knew that 'Barack Obama had not believed in Joe Biden', 'Lucky' says. Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, one of Biden's Presidential campaign managers who is now his deputy chief of staff, joined his team out of pity and headed up his Nevada operation.
A Durham Minister Says Holocaust Education Bill Should Include Mandatory Black History Instruction
       
Last month, lawmakers in the General Assembly introduced a bill that would require North Carolina public schools to teach students about the Jewish Holocaust. Soon after House Bill 69, the “Education on the Holocaust and Genocide" bill was filed, a Durham minister demanded legislators oppose the measure unless mandatory Black history studies were included, too. “People talk about how Black lives matter, but when it comes to Black education, we really don’t matter,” he wrote. Scott added that sponsorship of the bill during Black History Month was “a slap in the face.”“Although Blacks and Jews have been considered allies, there has always been division when it comes to issues such as affirmative action and education,” Scott continued. The Holocaust education legislation was first introduced last year and garnered unanimous support.
North Carolina Is Second In the Nation for Removing Confederate Symbols
       
The Southern Poverty Law Center last week announced that, in 2020, North Carolina removed more Confederate symbols than any other state except Virginia. Twenty-four were in North Carolina, according to the SPLC report, “Whose Heritage?”Virginia got rid of 71 Confederate symbols and monuments, while Alabama and Texas tied for third place, scrapping 12 each. At least 167 Confederate symbols were removed, including the toppling of two Confederate statues in downtown Raleigh, by Black Lives Matter protesters days after Floyd’s death. As previously reported in the INDY, there are about 100 Confederate monuments in North Carolina. The SPLC report notes that, last year, 94 Confederate symbols were removed from public sites in the United States.
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
       
The attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many on health workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. Josie Norris/Getty Images“I think in the U.S. the culture has been more of trusting health workers,” Haar, the emergency physician, said. “There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community.”Yet health workers in the U.S. are still subject to great risk. With or without a pandemic, the most dangerous places for health workers are often areas of conflict and political upheaval.
There are 329 candidates for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, Norwegian Nobel Committee reveals
       
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Monday that 329 candidates — 234 individuals and 95 organizations — have been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by the Feb. 1 deadline. A vast group of people — heads of state or politicians serving at a national level, university professors, directors of foreign policy institutes, past Nobel Prize recipients and members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee — can submit a nomination for the prize. The U.N. World Food Program won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Key Words (October 2016): Obama tells Colbert his Nobel prize is still a head-scratcherThe Nobel Committee announces its annual decision in October. The peace prize and other Nobel prizes are presented Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.
Storm unveil new logo through mural honoring 2020 championship, social justice efforts
       
The reigning WNBA champion Seattle Storm unveiled a new logo on Tuesday that modernizes the most recent iteration of the one its held since its founding 21 years ago. Storm center logo, social justice initiativeThe mural, a partnership with art activation agency Muros, will feature players in their "Black Lives Matter" and "Say Her Name" T-shirts. The WNBA players are longtime activists and individual teams have their own campaigns, which the Storm launched in July 2020 as Force4Change. Storm mural a bridge to continuing changeSeattle Storm's Jordin Canada, center-left, and Crystal Langhorne, center-right, celebrate the 2018 WNBA championship in Seattle. And every week last season, WNBA players spoke with the family of a Black woman impacted by police violence.
Theaters hit the one-year anniversary of shutdown. How are artists keeping afloat?
       
For directors, playwrights and performance artists whose canvas is the three-dimensional stage, the situation has been unimaginably dire. “Since September, after the art galleries and museums reopened in New York, I’ve been seeing as much art as I can. There’ll always be gardening work in Los Angeles!’”Fortunately, decades in the theater had prepared these troupers for worst-case scenarios. The death of CTG associate artistic director Diane Rodriguez, who died from cancer last year, hit them especially hard. “I’ve been looking at how I’ve conducted myself in the world, with people I’ve hurt, things I’ve done, looking at relationships that are no more.
Ant Middleton suggests he wasn’t fired from SAS: Who Dares Wins in new post
       
Ant Middleton has questioned claims he’s been fired as the host of SAS: Who Dares Wins. However, Middleton has doubled down on the claim that it was his own decision to step away. Ant Middleton has been a part of ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ since 2015 (Getty Images)On Monday evening, he wrote on Twitter and Instagram: “After five incredible years, I’ve decided it’s time to move on from SAS: Who Dares Wins UK,” he wrote. Really excited about the future and what’s coming this year.”On Tuesday (2 March), he shared a post by Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan that criticised Channel 4 for “firing” Middleton, adding: “Fired??? Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Ginny Roth: Toronto's gutless progressive NYMBYism exalts parking lot over helping the poor
       
Most concerning is that this gutless approach to development seems to thrive in progressive communities like East York where residents have sent progressive politicians to Parliament and City Council for decades. Try refreshing your browser, or Ginny Roth: Toronto's gutless progressive NYMBYism exalts parking lot over helping the poor Back to videoAdvertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. It is bad enough when these incidents crop up in rural communities where we expect a certain personal-property focused individualism. After all, cold-hearted conservatives just don’t understand that we all play a role in lifting up those who need our help. Ginny Roth is the national practice lead for government relations at Crestview Strategy and a long-time conservative activist.
FBI Has Found No Evidence of Antifa Involvement in Capitol Attack, Says Director
       
On Tuesday, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Chris Wray confirmed that the agency has not been able to find evidence of people associated with antifa or other left-wing ideologies in connection with the attack on the Capitol on January 6. This both-sidesism appears to be exercised to a fault by the FBI: Shortly after the right-wing attack on the Capitol, FBI agents arrested a left-wing activist who was not connected to the attack for expressing leftist beliefs online. Still, the GOP’s disinformation campaign surrounding the Capitol attack has worked: A poll from January found that half of Republicans polled think that anti-fascists were responsible for the Capitol breach. “That attack, that siege was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it’s behavior that we, the FBI, view as domestic terrorism,” he said. He noted that, since he began serving as director of the FBI in 2017, arrests for white supremacist violence have increased significantly.
Teens sue exclusive Catholic high school for $20M over ‘blackface’ allegations
       
Two teens who were booted from an exclusive California Catholic school over a “blackface” photo are suing the school for $20 million — claiming they were actually wearing acne treatment masks. According to the lawsuit, the photo of the two boys and a friend was taken in 2017 when they were just 14. The picture was posted on an Instagram meme account created by recent graduates of the school on June. St. Francis President Jason Curtiss told the Chronicle the school could not comment on the lawsuit because of the pending litigation and student privacy laws. Francis High Schools is committed to creating an educational environment where all students feel safe, welcome, and included,” he wrote in an email.
Women's March breaks silence on Cuomo allegations after third accuser steps forward
       
Women’s March, a feminist group that supports Black Lives Matter’s call to defund the police and other progressive initiatives, broke its silence regarding sexual harassment allegations against New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after a third woman came forward this week. "In the past week, two former employees, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, have accused Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment on the job. Tonight, a third woman, Anna Ruch, accused him of making unwanted advances at a wedding," Women’s March executive director Rachel O’Leary Carmona tweeted on Monday. ANDREW CUOMO ACCUSED BY THIRD WOMAN OF UNWANTED SEXUAL ADVANCESAfter more accusations surfaced, Democratic politicians within the state have already started calling for Cuomo's resignation.
Seven minutes, 46 seconds
       
Seven minutes, 46 seconds Presented by IntelWith help from John Harris, Nolan McCaskill and Steven Overly. We measure it in minutes: Seven minutes, 46 seconds, the amount of time it took for George Floyd to die under the knee of a white police officer. Something about that video, about those 7 minutes and 46 seconds, left us — many of us — unsettled in ways the countless other videos of Black people dying at the hands of police … didn’t. With The Recast, you'll get a twice-weekly breakdown of how race and identity are the DNA of American politics and policy. But we created this newsletter because we wanted to explore the ways race and identity collide with politics, policy and power.
George Floyd’s killing started a movement. Nine months later, what’s changed?
       
And in Congress this week, Democrats are trying once again to shape Floyd’s legacy by advancing federal legislation to reform policing. The House is expected to vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — again. In the wake of Floyd’s death in May, 25 states enacted new policing laws. But the aftermath of Floyd’s death was different. “So anytime that does happen, that is a step in the right direction.”There’s no consensus on what Floyd’s legacy will be.
The Trump administration reportedly quietly funded Operation Warp Speed with money set aside for hospitals
       
The Daily BeastPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via FacebookChaos. He got a little out of control in committee and I think most of the co-sponsors pulled out then,” one of those 32 former co-sponsors, Republican Rep. Larry Brewster, told The Daily Beast. Another questioned why Mitchell had claimed in his opening remarks that the bill was bipartisan, when no Democrats had signed onto it“I was making a joke on the bill,” Mitchell replied. Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
DeSantis declares schools, businesses will remain open as Legislature convenes
       
While the pandemic will affect nearly every aspect of the state’s business during the session, much of DeSantis’ speech stressed major planks of his agenda unrelated to the crisis. He wants lawmakers to pass a bill to increase penalties for protests that devolve into rioting, a measure responding to the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer against police bias and brutality against African-Americans, some of which turned violent.
FBI Director Wray: No Apparent Antifa Involvement in Jan. 6 Attack
       
"We're equal opportunity in looking for violent extremism of any ideology," FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning about the bureau's investigations since the deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol. "We have not seen, to date, any evidence of anarchist violent extremist or people who subscribe to Antifa in connection with Jan. Trump and his backers since have helped prop up conspiracy theories that the perpetrators of the attack were not Trump supporters. The composition of the violent mob matched trends Wray has observed in recent years. These groups comprise the biggest chunk of the crimes the FBI investigates, and of those, white supremacists make up the majority.
UK: Four plead not guilty in case of toppled slave trader statue
       
Group charged with criminal damage over Edward Colston statue says stunt was an expression of free speech, but judge warns against ‘wholly unmeritorious’ arguments. Three men and a woman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of criminal damage over their alleged role in the toppling of a statue of 17th-century slave trade magnate Edward Colston in Bristol in southwest England last year. Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, Jake Skuse and Sage Willoughby, all in their 20s or 30s, were charged with criminal damage in December and appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday. After a few days at the bottom of the harbour, the statue was retrieved by city authorities and put into storage. In September, a concert hall that was named after Colston renamed itself the Bristol Beacon.
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
       
The attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many on health workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. “I think in the U.S. the culture has been more of trusting health workers,” Haar, the emergency physician, said. “There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community.”Yet health workers in the U.S. are still subject to great risk. With or without a pandemic, the most dangerous places for health workers are often areas of conflict and political upheaval.
Tensions high at Amazon warehouse as milestone union vote gets underway
       
(CNN Business) On their way to and from the sprawling warehouse facility in Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon workers see union representatives holding signs encouraging them to vote "yes" for a union. The ballots started to be mailed to the homes of nearly 6,000 eligible warehouse workers Monday. Warehouse workers at multiple Amazon facilities told CNN Business they are also paying close attention to see how the effort shakes out. To counter the current effort at Bessemer, Amazon hired a former Republican member of the NLRB to help in its fight. At a Baltimore facility, Amazon associate Andre Goodin said he and several of his colleagues talk about the Alabama union vote "quite often, believe it or not."
FBI's Chris Wray accuses Capitol Hill attackers of domestic terrorism
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director Chris Wray on Tuesday accused supporters of Donald Trump who carried out a deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol of domestic terrorism and vowed to hold them accountable. Slideshow ( 5 images )“I was appalled that you, our country’s elected leaders, were victimized right here in these very halls,” Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Justice Department has charged more than 300 people on criminal counts ranging from conspiracy to attacking police and obstructing Congress. In a newly unsealed search warrant, investigators say rioters carried weapons inside the Capitol including tire irons, sledge hammers, tasers, bear spray and, in at least one case, a handgun with an extended magazine. “Everyone involved must take responsibility for their actions that day, including our former president,” the panel’s Ranking Republican Charles Grassley said.
FBI's Chris Wray accuses Capitol Hill attackers of domestic terrorism
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director Chris Wray on Tuesday accused supporters of Donald Trump who carried out a deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol of domestic terrorism and vowed to hold them accountable. Slideshow ( 4 images )“I was appalled that you, our country’s elected leaders, were victimized right here in these very halls,” Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Justice Department has charged more than 300 people on criminal counts ranging from conspiracy to attacking police and obstructing Congress. In a newly unsealed search warrant, investigators say rioters carried weapons inside the Capitol including tire irons, sledge hammers, tasers, bear spray and, in at least one case, a handgun with an extended magazine. “Everyone involved must take responsibility for their actions that day, including our former president,” the panel’s Ranking Republican Charles Grassley said.
Georgia House passes GOP voting restrictions bill
       
The Daily BeastPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via FacebookChaos. The Kalispell PLE is now defunct.When Mitchell introduced his bill in committee, some of his colleagues raised similar objections. Another questioned why Mitchell had claimed in his opening remarks that the bill was bipartisan, when no Democrats had signed onto it“I was making a joke on the bill,” Mitchell replied. Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published for racist images
       
I read that article, I think, as soon as it was published, which was shortly after Jan. 6. I think you kind of have to take at face value what he said he saw. They’re saying I’m saying things that I’m not saying at all. All I’m saying at this point in time is we need to ask a lot of questions. I wonder, how much do you think that’s because Republican leaders, from President Trump on down, told them not to trust the election results?
Meghan Markle will 'raise the issue of race in Britain' during Oprah chat
       
AdvertisementMeghan Markle and Prince Harry will discuss the issue of race in Britain with Oprah Winfrey, it was revealed today. But the downside for all involved is huge if Prince Philip takes a turn for the worse. But the downside for all involved is huge if Prince Philip takes a turn for the worse. in what appears to be another jab at the Royal Family - this time over the palace's treatment of the Duchess. Later in the interview, Oprah refers to comments Meghan appears to have made about life in the Royal Family being 'almost un-survivable.'
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
       
ADVERTISEMENTThe attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many on health workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. “There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community.”Yet health workers in the U.S. are still subject to great risk. With or without a pandemic, the most dangerous places for health workers are often areas of conflict and political upheaval. Now, one year into the pandemic, she feels health workers are more respected.
Readers respond: Stop focusing on trivia
       
A recent The Oregonian/OregonLive editorial began with a soothing, complimentary paragraph about Oregon Republicans (“Mainstream Republicans, where are your voices,” Jan. 24). The next paragraph began with the word “but” and continued to the end marginalizing and stereotyping Republicans. The editorial devoted nine paragraphs on trivia dealing with “false flag” allegations by the state GOP and other contentious issues that amount to a mere crumb in the Republican meal. Here is my suggestion: Open up your paper to a true debate. Debate the true issues!
Channel 4 is blasted for 'spineless surrender to the PC police' for sacking Ant Middleton
       
Channel 4 has been blasted for a 'spineless surrender to the PC police,' over the sacking of SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton after he shared controversial views on the Black Lives Matter protesters and Covid-19. Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan later tweeted: 'Absurd that Channel 4 fired Ant Middleton for his opinions. Ant Middleton has been axed from Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins, after the channel said 'our views and values are not aligned'. A spokesperson for Channel 4 earlier told MailOnline: 'Ant Middleton will not be taking part in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins. Tweeting last night, Middleton said: 'After 5 incredible years I've decided it's time to move on from SAS: Who Dares Wins UK.
Ron Johnson Says He Still Has Many Unanswered Questions
       
That’s one of the questions I’ve got is, how many firearms were seen, were confiscated? There are just so many unanswered questions, which seems to be kind of the basic situation in so many things I’m trying to get to the bottom of. They’re saying I’m saying things that I’m not saying at all. All I’m saying at this point in time is we need to ask a lot of questions. I wonder, how much do you think that’s because Republican leaders, from President Trump on down, told them not to trust the election results?
Nine months later, fencing comes down around the church where Trump stood with a Bible
       
Across a small park from the White House, St. John’s had been known for decades as the “president’s church” for its elite congregation, but in June made news worldwide. Soon local Episcopal leaders slammed Trump for the use of force and the Bible as, in their view, a prop. ADLater in the summer, Bowser demanded that H Street be reopened and protests waned, but St. John’s remained surrounded for months by high fencing. The congregation has grown to include people who pay tithes and consider themselves members of St. John’s but have never been there. Although they were physically at the center of 2020 protests, St. John’s members typically “come with significant privilege.” They choose to be there.
Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement — and a fatal risk
       
While the precise number of devices is unknown, the number of Internet-connected cameras from Ring, Google Nest and other video doorbell companies most likely totals in the millions. In December, the police department in Fairbanks, Alaska, posted a Ring video to its Facebook page of a “criminal mischief” suspect spotted outside a snow-covered church. Camera owners can ignore the requests, but officers said many are eager to comply. Investigators stopped by houses with doorbell cameras while searching for clues to who had planted two pipe bombs near the U.S. Capitol in the hours before it was Jan. 6 by an angry mob. She marched him over to the neighbor’s door, where they rang the Ring doorbell and left an apology letter when no one answered.
U.S. alleges Proud Boys planned to break into Capitol on Jan. 6 from many different points
       
He was not at the Jan. 6 rally and has not been charged with any wrongdoing related to the riot. Nordean became a Proud Boys spokesman after a video of him punching out a Portland, Ore., protester in June 2018 went viral. Last July, he started a Florida business with two other Proud Boys members from that state, Tarrio and Joe Biggs, promoting right-wing causes online in Biggs’s “Warboys” podcast and through Tarrio’s right-wing merchandise store, the 1776 Shop. In social media and posted videos on accounts that appear to be associated with Nordean, Nordean said Americans must “desensitize” themselves to violence, while others called Proud Boys “soldiers of the right wing” at war, according to prosecutors. Arrangements also were made to program, distribute and set to predesignated channels “multiple Baofeng radios for use by Proud Boys members to communicate during the event,” prosecutors said, although it was not clear whether their attempts to use them were successful.
FBI director faces senators demanding answers about Capitol riot
       
ADADTuesday’s hearing will be a public test of Wray’s new relationship with the Biden administration and the Democrats who now control the Senate. The FBI document quoted one person urging Trump supporters to go to Washington “ready to fight. ADADThe FBI report also noted that individuals had shared a map of Congress and its tunnels, with a “CREATE PERIMETER” headline. FBI officials have said the information was raw and could not immediately be traced to a specific person. At a hearing last week, former Capitol security officials argued that they did not have sufficient warning of the danger.
Four plead not guilty in case of toppled slave trader's statue in England
       
LONDON (Reuters) - Three men and a woman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of criminal damage over their alleged role in the toppling of a statue of 17th century slave trade magnate Edward Colston in Bristol in southwest England last year. The toppling of the statue led to other memorials of figures linked to the slave trade being taken down or their future being debated, triggering a backlash from government ministers who said this amounted to censoring history. Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, Jake Skuse and Sage Willoughby, all in their 20s or 30s, were charged with criminal damage in December and appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday. After a few days at the bottom of the harbour, the statue was retrieved by city authorities and put into storage. In September, a concert hall that was named after Colston renamed itself the Bristol Beacon.
Texas power cooperative files for bankruptcy facing $2bn bill for storms
       
The New York TimesNEW YORK — Two men were being held hostage in a Bronx apartment. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, described Digidog on Twitter as a “robotic surveillance ground” drone. The City Council passed the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act last June amid efforts to overhaul the police force, many of them triggered by Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Boston Dynamics began selling the robot dog, which it calls Spot, last June. The robotic dog, which bears a resemblance to those featured in the 2017 “Metalhead” episode of “Black Mirror,” was not designed to act as a covert tool of mass surveillance, Perry said.
Four accused of pulling down Edward Colston statue to go on trial in December
       
Four people accused of toppling a bronze statue of the slave trader Edward Colston in the centre of Bristol will stand trial in December. All four pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted unconditional bail until the trial which was listed to begin on December 13. Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, said he would preside over a trial of the case. The statue of Edward Colston was pulled down from its plinth and dragged through the streets during a Black Lives Matter protest on June 7 last year. The statue was then thrown into Bristol harbour from where it was later recovered by the city council.
I May Destroy You and Small Axe lead nominations at Royal Television Society Awards
       
Michaela Coel’s ambitious drama is nominated in the mini-series category, while Coel herself is up for both best female actor and writer of a drama. Meanwhile, Steve McQueen’s Small Axe, a series of films about the black British experience, was nominated for miniseries, best drama writer for McQueen and Alastair Siddons and best male actor for Shaun Parkes. Elsewhere, both Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones received nominations for their performances in Normal People. Michaela Coel, Paapa Essiedu and Weruche Opia in I May Destroy You (BBC/Various Artists Ltd and FALKNA/Natalie Seery)The award winners will be announced on 16 March as part of a live-streamed event. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Mercedes launch W12 car that Lewis Hamilton hopes can take him to a record eighth F1title
       
Mercedes have launched their brand new W12 car for the 2021 season that they hope can lead to an incredible eighth double world championship in a row. The Silver Arrows have dominated the sport since 2014, winning the drivers' and constructors' championship every season since . Lewis Hamilton has taken the drivers' title in all but the 2016 campaign during that period, when he was pipped by team-mate Nico Rosberg, as he hopes to secure a record eight world championship in 2021. Join us LIVE from our home in Brackley, as we say hello to the 2021 Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance! 'The launch day of a new car is always a really exciting one,' said Hamilton ahead of his 15th season.
Lady Victoria Hervey looks vibrant in an 'epic' slogan jumper and white skinny jeans
       
But Lady Victoria Hervey appeared happy and relaxed as she left the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on Monday. The British socialite, 44, wore a statement 'Epic' jumper and classic white skinny jeans as she headed out with her pet pooch. Feeling epic: Lady Victoria Hervey wore a statement 'Epic' jumper and classic white skinny jeans as she left the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on MondayThe heiress toted an eye-catching electric blue handbag with a neon orange pom-pom keyring. Lady Victoria completed the look with a pair of sheepskin boots, which were turned over at the top to display their cosy lining. Last month, it seemed as though Lady Victoria had had enough of living in Los Angeles.
Sanremo: Sport unites, politics divides says Ibra - English
       
Ibra, 39, who was recently involved in an allegedly racist spat with Inter striker Romelu Lukaku, which he denies, said "we athletes united the world, and politics divides the world. "Athletes must be athletes and politicians must do politics. "In my sport there are athletes from all over the world and everyone is welcome. If I would be a political politician, I would do politics." To which James quickly responded this way: "I preach about my people and I preach about equality.
Mock slave auctions, racist lessons: How US history class often traumatizes, dehumanizes Black students
       
In 2019, a fifth-grade teacher was accused of holding a mock slave auction in which white students bid on Black students in New York. Black History Month 2021:Why is Black History Month in February? She again emphasized that parents should make sure slavery is not the only time their children learn about Black history in school. Students are pushing for changeBlack students across the country are demanding better Black history lessons in their schools. Yizar, a sophomore, said only focusing on select civil rights leaders and slavery minimizes the entirety of Black history.
Ant Middleton breaks silence after Channel 4 cuts ties with SAS: Who Dares Wins host
       
Ant Middleton has broken his silence after it was announced he had been dropped from SAS: Who Dares Wins. Ant Middleton has been a part of ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ since 2015 (Getty Images)“After five incredible years, I’ve decided it’s time to move on from SAS: Who Dares Wins UK,” he wrote. Really excited about the future and what’s coming this year.”Following the news, the TV personality told his fans to “stay positive”. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. At no point was I calling the BLM scum and comparing the two organisations.
20-Year-Old MAGA Pol’s War on Antifa Backfires Horribly
       
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via FacebookChaos. “Certainly, over the last few years, we've seen a significantly noticeable spike” in bills attempting to criminalize anti-fascism, Loadenthal told The Daily Beast. They’ve been there a long time.”Read more at The Daily Beast. Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Manhattan DA investigators are reportedly focusing on the Trump Organization's chief financial officer
       
The Daily BeastPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos via FacebookChaos. He got a little out of control in committee and I think most of the co-sponsors pulled out then,” one of those 32 former co-sponsors, Republican Rep. Larry Brewster, told The Daily Beast. Another questioned why Mitchell had claimed in his opening remarks that the bill was bipartisan, when no Democrats had signed onto it“I was making a joke on the bill,” Mitchell replied. Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Will Smith teases he might venture 'into the political arena' in the future
       
Will Smith teases he might venture 'into the political arena' in the futureMr. Smith might still be interested in going to Washington. On Monday's episode of Pod Save America, superstar Will Smith told co-host Jon Favreau that he'd consider entering politics someday. "The 14th Amendment is essentially the center of what we think of when we think of ourselves as Americans," Smith told Favreau. "The 14th Amendment is like the all-inclusive amendment that makes clear that all Americans are equal under the law." Smith told Favreau that he's wildly hopeful about the momentum that has built behind Black Lives Matter and equality for all.
Ant Middleton dropped from SAS: Who Dares Wins due to controversial ‘views and values’
       
Ant Middleton will no longer host SAS: Who Dares Wins due to his controversial “views and values”. Channel 4’s move comes after Middleton was forced to apologise for calling Black Lives Matter protesters “scum” and comparing them to the English Defence League (EDL) in June 2020. Ant Middleton has been a part of ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ since 2015 (Getty Images)In since deleted tweets shared as far-right groups violently clashed with anti-racism protesters and police in London, the TV personality branded both “extreme groups” as “thugs”. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. I was angry and put that tweet out to say that that was unacceptable.”In April, the TV personality also faced backlash for saying that he was still “travelling the world” and “shaking hands” amid the coronavirus crisis.
Covid-19: More than 400 acts of violence against health workers in 2020
       
Insults, beatings, arrests – health workers battling the coronavirus were subjected to more than 400 acts of violence related to Covid-19 worldwide in 2020, according to a report by a health NGO published Tuesday. Violence during Black Lives Matter protests in USIn the US, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. “I think in the US the culture has been more of trusting health workers,” Haar, the emergency physician, said. “There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community.”Yet health workers in the US are still subject to great risk. Researchers said declining violence in the country was the reason they didn't see a greater surge in total health care attacks in 2020.
Battle Hymns of the Old South
       
No surprise that the Alamance County seat evokes comparisons to Mayberry, the fictional mid-twentieth-century North Carolina town. He argued that, while the Confederate monument was “metaphorical,” the threat of property damage or even violence was real. The CrucibleAs the 2020 national elections neared, the tensions that suffused all of America felt magnified in Alamance County. “It took twenty-five years to put places like Alamance County into the hands of the far right,” she said. “Something like Alamance County that refuses to move out of the fifties—if you can change Alamance County, you can change any county.”
Black Lives Matter vigil mourns Derek Hayden, shot by Seattle police
       
Stephen J. Sundberg, S.J., President of Seattle University, urged students, faculty, and alumni to “join in prayer, remembrance, and solidarity as we mourn Derek Hayden,” a graduate student at the Catholic university in Seattle. This reporter knew Derek Hayden well. When the lives of Black people don’t matter, often it is life in general that doesn’t matter. Instead of “peace officers” they are “war officers.”Alan Burns, son of Marion Burns, joined the vigil in deep mourning. Derek Hayden, he said, was a close friend since their youth together and in recent years when he lived on the family farm.
New Haven youth target gun violence, inequality at Black history month march
       
The Annual Black History Month Youth March was organized by the Connecticut People’s World Committee alongside Ice the Beef and New Haven Rising as part of the local People’s World 47th African American History Month Celebration. He spoke about the need for community members to come together and move forward as one. For him, the people in the community need to take care of one another, especially those experiencing homelessness, a sector of the community who have been excluded for so long. In front of the Q House, youth took to the microphone with Camacho asking that people take action in the present and no longer wait to act. The neighborhood has been without a gathering space for almost 20 years—since the original Q House closed in 2003.
COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally
       
ADVERTISEMENTThe attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many on health workers globally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, for example, researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers last year. “There hasn’t been a longstanding conflict where there’s been a dissonance between health workers and the community.”Yet health workers in the U.S. are still subject to great risk. With or without a pandemic, the most dangerous places for health workers are often areas of conflict and political upheaval. Now, one year into the pandemic, she feels health workers are more respected.
McEnany recalls day of Capitol riot: 'Everyone was expecting peace'
       
The WeekFollowing his first post-presidency speech, former President Donald Trump described the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the deadly Capitol riot as "beautiful" a "love fest." Trump spoke with Fox News on Sunday after delivering a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, in which he continued to falsely claim he won the 2020 presidential election. Trump spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C., on the day Congress was meeting to certify the election results, urging his supporters to march down to the Capitol building and "show strength" before a deadly riot ultimately occurred. The House of Representatives subsequently impeached Trump for "incitement of insurrection" for his actions surrounding the riot, though he was acquitted by the Senate. In reference to the violence that occurred at the Capitol following the rally, Trump told Fox he "hated to see" it.
Killings by Police Declined after Black Lives Matter Protests
       
Black Lives Matter (BLM) began when Oakland, Calif.–based activist Alicia Garza posted a message of protest on Facebook after George Zimmerman, a neighborhood-watch volunteer who followed and fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., was acquitted of murder in 2013. “The question becomes, ‘Are Black Lives Matter protests having any real effect in terms of generating change?’ The data show very clearly that where you had Black Lives Matter protests, killing of people by the police decreased. The new study compared police killings in cities that experienced BLM protests with those that did not. “It’s really difficult to measure Black Lives Matter protests and lethal use of force by the police,” notes the study’s author, Travis Campbell, an economist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Aislinn Pulley is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Chicago, which has compiled a list of everyone who died at the hands of the Chicago Police Department since 2011.
Republicans brazenly lie to cover their tracks from Jan. 6 insurrection because it actually works
       
Indeed, the two lies contradict each other narratively speaking: If the election was stolen, why would antifa want to invade the Capitol? In short order, a person was shot during one of his events and then Proud Boys began showing up to support his protests. Then, Proud Boys began talking among themselves about arriving in disguise at the Jan. 6 event dressed up in antifa-style “black bloc” gear. The latter idea had real logistical flaws since other Proud Boys might mistake the disguised participants for the real thing and assault them. Many of those same Proud Boys are now under arrest and awaiting trial for their roles in the insurrection.
Automated racism: How tech can entrench bias
       
Mark Rutte could win this month's Dutch election — but has he learned any lessons from last year’s benefits scandal? She is adjunct professor at Oxford University and Columbia Law School and an adviser to Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic. The press uncovered internal correspondence in which tax authority staff referred to parents in a derogatory and racist manner: “It looks like a nest of Antilleans,” one said. Earlier this month, the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup called on the EU executive to “take a strong and decisive stand against institutional racism” in the Netherlands in light of the benefits scandal. The risks posed by this kind of automation and its potential to reinforce institutional racism are not limited to the Netherlands.
Jill Biden is traveling with newly confirmed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Wednesday
       
“Antifa or BLM or other insurgents could be doing it disguised as Trump supporters,” Brown wrote, using shorthand for Black Lives Matter. Minutes later, he repeated Brown’s baseless claim to Limbaugh’s throngs of listeners: “It’s probably not Trump supporters who would do that. The senator said that while most of the people arrested at the Capitol were right-wing Trump supporters, he had not reached any conclusions about the political affiliations of those responsible for planning it. “Remember, Antifa openly planned to dress as Trump supporters and cause chaos today,” said one tweet that collected 41,100 likes and shares. “Evidence, much public, surfacing that many Capitol assaulters were fascist ANTIFAs, not Trump supporters,” Brooks wrote, providing no evidence.
UT donors threaten to pull funds over calls to change school song with racist origins
       
After losing, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger took the field alone as the fight song “The Eyes Of Texas” was played. ?”AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 21: General view of the University of Texas Tower on the University of Texas campus on September 21, 2013 in Austin, Texas. He discusses the origins of “The Eyes of Texas” and the Texas Cowboys history of minstrel shows. “This professor is in charge of the team/ that tells us whether the song is racist or not? The post UT donors threaten to pull funds over calls to change school song with racist origins appeared first on TheGrio.
New lawsuit alleges L.A., Santa Monica, Beverly Hills used curfews to crush legitimate protest
       
“Its purpose was to create a lasting chilling effect on the lawful exercise of speech, stopping individuals from participation in peaceful assembly,” the plaintiffs claim in the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week. The latest lawsuit alleges the mistreatment occurred across the region, not only in Los Angeles but in unincorporated parts of the county and in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills as well. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Santa Monica did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The lawsuit alleges copyrighted songs were played by law enforcement in an effort to get any videos the protesters might have posted of the encounter taken down from social media. Damage occurred in downtown L.A. and in the city’s Fairfax district, as well as in the commercial cores of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.
Phoenix dismantles Squaw Peak, Robert E. Lee street signs
       
PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Phoenix officially installed new signs for two streets whose names have long been considered offensive. Mayor Kate Gallego watched Monday morning as workers erected a new sign for Piestewa Peak Drive, formerly Squaw Peak Drive. Historically, “Squaw” is a slur used to describe Native American women. Officials also unveiled signage for Desert Cactus Street, formerly Robert E. Lee Street. The Phoenix City Council approved both new names.
Opinion | The GOP is now just the party of white grievance
       
Those instincts are of pre-cognitive repulsion and disgust, and I refuse to let them go. The party has been swiftly repositioned as an instrument of white grievance. The whole Trump movement, and now most of the Republican Party, is premised on the social sanctification of pre-cognitive fears and disgust. Yet the largest single group within the new GOP coalition is comprised of people who claim to be evangelical Christians. No one could possibly accuse White evangelicals of consistently defending this view of humanity in the Republican coalition.
House Democrats to push voting rights, police reform through this week
       
House Democrats are moving on to voting rights and police reform after passing President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief package Saturday. 1, the 'For the People Act,' as well as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. House Democrats are expected to push through a voting rights bill and a police reform bill this week. The For the People Act was the first bill Democrats passed after taking the majority in January 2019. In mid-June, Trump signed an executive order on police reform that activists also blasted for not going far enough.
Fortress Apple: Metallic fencing shields reopened downtown Portland store
       
An imposing fence surrounding the Apple store in downtown Portland is not a permanent fixture but could remain in place through mid-April, according to the company and city officials. The tall metallic barrier appeared suddenly last week as boards covering the building came down and the store reopened for the first time since late May. According to Apple, the fence will remain outside the store during a spate of construction that includes replacing its large glass panel windows. A sign attached to the fence reads: “Apple stands with you in the fight for racial and social justice. Black Lives Matter.”Apple’s downtown store still isn’t open for regular shopping.
Phoenix to dismantle Squaw Peak, Robert E. Lee street signs
       
Updated 3 times AlertMePHOENIX — The city of Phoenix officially installed new signs for two streets whose names have long been considered offensive. Mayor Kate Gallego watched Monday morning as workers erected a new sign for Piestewa Peak Drive, formerly Squaw Peak Drive. Historically, “Squaw” is a slur used to describe Native American women. Officials also unveiled signage for Desert Cactus Street, formerly Robert E. Lee Street. The Phoenix City Council approved both new names.
School textbooks to get Black Lives Matter makeover as Pearson launches new race guidelines
       
School textbooks are to get a Black Lives Matter makeover as Pearson says it intends to remove references to “Master” and “Slave” from all its major titles. Pearson, which owns the exam board Edexcel and is one of the UK’s largest education publishers, has drawn up its first ever in-depth guidelines on race and ethnicity. It comes amid growing calls among academics and students to “decolonise” the curriculum, which have gained traction in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer. Under its new race and ethnicity guidelines, authors are told to “proactively” include more examples of people from minority ethnicities as “positive role models”. For example, textbooks should not have black male students engaging in sports or south Asian female students choosing academic pursuits.
4 things leaders can do to support remote employees
       
Video How PayPal is actually closing the racial wealth gap Black-owned businesses have been some of the worst hit by the pandemic. Now, PayPal is putting its money where its mouth is. In June 2020, in response to the Black Lives Matter protests, the company announced a $535 million commitment to to support minority-owned businesses in the fight against economic inequality. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and EVP of global sales Peggy Alford join host Chris Denson to discuss why this needs to be a movement and not just a moment.
Lawsuit accuses Amazon of 'systemic' racism in corporate offices
       
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. Amazon has worked to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. In September its cloud computing chief Andy Jassy, who will succeed Bezos as Amazon CEO, gave the keynote address at a Black Employee Network entrepreneurship conference. The news site Recode last week reported allegations of racial disparities in Amazon promotions and performance reviews. Amazon also faces lawsuits claiming it mistreated workers in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic at its facilities.
Prosecutors fill in details of Proud Boys assault on Capitol
       
But most notably, Nordean helped hatch the tactics the Proud Boys would use when they split up at the Capitol to avoid detection. Numerous members of the Proud Boys have already been charged for their role in the assault that day, including several indicted on Friday on conspiracy charges. Gieswein’s participation was part of what prosecutors described as an intentional effort to recruit and rely on non-Proud Boys or — “normies” and “normiecons,” in Proud Boy parlance — to join in the Capitol siege. Prosecutors also sketched out the early evidence of a money trail behind the Proud Boys’ efforts. In addition to public, crowdsourced efforts to obtain equipment, Nordean also exchanged private messages with people about how to effectively use “military-style communications equipment,” prosecutors say.
Clubhouse Opens a Window for Free Expression in China
       
Photograph by Sheldon Cooper / SOPA / GettyClubhouse is an audio-only social-media platform offering chat rooms on any subject, allowing thousands of people to gather and listen to one another. Jiayang Fan, who often reports on China, tells David Remnick that the chance to talk in private and without a text trail has opened a window of free expression for Chinese users. (Recently, some questions have been raised about whether the app is as secure as its makers claim.) Suddenly, in chat rooms with names such as “There is a concentration camp in Xinjiang?,” Chinese users have been able to address politically taboo subjects out loud in large groups. The government has clamped down on Clubhouse, but tech-savvy young people are used to finding work-arounds.
Thank You, Dr. Zizmor
       
For about 25 years, starting in the early 1980s, Dr. Jonathan Zizmor’s ageless face gazed down upon commuters in nearly every subway car in New York City. Sometimes Zizmor was smiling; sometimes his hands were open, as if we had caught him giving a sermon on acne. By the time Dr. Zizmor stopped advertising in 2013, subway ads were sold as single-car takeover affairs for giant banks and multinational soft drinks. Fran Lebowitz, but also John Wilson (who, incidentally, has a Dr. Zizmor ad in his living room). He even made hats that say THANK YOU, DR. ZIZMOR!
George Floyd's brother honors sibling by playing drums on protest album
       
NEW YORK — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn't remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. "His heartbeat is not beating no more," he said, "but I can beat for him." The untitled project, set for release one year after George Floyd's death, follows a long history of racial justice messages and protest slogans crossing over into American popular music and culture. In particular, music has been a vehicle for building awareness of grassroots movements, often carrying desperate pleas or enraged battle cries across the airwaves.
Azealia Banks 'dumps' Ryder Ripps just a WEEK after engagement news... but she's keeping the ring
       
Azealia Banks has dumped conceptual artist Ryder Ripps just a week after making their engagement public. But the 212 hitmaker said she was keeping the menorah engagement ring Ripps gave her, telling followers: 'The heirloom is mine. Bye: Azealia Banks has 'dumped' Ryder Ripps just a week after announcing their engagement, calling the artist 'too insecure' for her in a Monday Instagram. Keeper: The 212 hitmaker said she was keeping the menorah engagement ring Ripps gave her, telling followers: 'The heirloom is mine. Happy: The 212 star shared the news with her fans last Sunday, showing off her engagement ring, saying: 'I said yes!'
Ant Middleton is AXED by Channel 4 and will no longer present SAS: Who Dares Wins
       
Ant Middleton has been dropped by Channel 4 due to his 'personal conduct', with the station claiming they will not work with him again. A spokesperson for Channel 4 told MailOnline: 'Ant Middleton will not be taking part in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins. Ant's axing by Channel 4 comes after he sparked controversy by referring to Black Lives Matter protesters as 'absolute scum' last June. Ant took to social media on Monday and confirmed he would no longer be hosting SAS: Who Dares Wins, but said he was excited about the future. In one Instagram video in March, Ant insisted he didn't care if he got Covid and compared it to the flu.
US Senate panel approves Biden Justice nominee Garland
       
Judge Merrick Garland is sworn in before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be US attorney generalAdvertising Read moreWashington (AFP)The US Senate Judiciary Committee gave its approval Monday to President Joe Biden's pick to be attorney general, Merrick Garland. The votes by several Republicans in Garland's favor virtually guaranteed that his nomination to lead the Justice Department would be approved by the Senate, which is evenly divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans. He was a senior official in the Justice Department before being named a judge nearly 24 years ago. In his confirmation hearing last week Garland said that fighting domestic extremism would be his "first priority" if confirmed as attorney general. "The Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the department's Civil Rights Division, with the mission 'to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society,'" Garland said.
Obama backs reparations for the first time and slams ‘politics of white resistance’
       
Barack Obama backed the reparation of Black Americans for the first time, calling it “justified” but blamed "politics of white resistance and resentment" as the reason for not being able to push it during his presidency. The two were discussing about the bill regarding reparations, which would study racial reparations for compensating Black Americans descended from slavery and victims of systemic racism. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeHe said during the podcast on Monday that a reparation proposal during his presidency would have met with “the politics of white resistance” and “white resentment”. "And what I saw during my presidency was the politics of white resistance and resentment.
Legacies of Cold War Liberalism
       
Legacies of Cold War Liberalism Legacies of Cold War Liberalism To promote democratic and egalitarian ideals today, we need to break with the anxieties that drove U.S. politics during the Cold War. Three decades after the demise of the Soviet Union, many of the intellectual tenets of Cold War liberalism remain with us. The Cold War UniversityThe national security state provided a material basis and an intellectual context for the vigilant mood of Cold War liberalism. Scholars and pundits appealed to the wisdom of Cold War liberalism to defeat the enemy of radical Islam. Instead of an economic plan, the new Cold War liberalism offers empty slogans, like “trust experts.” But if Trump’s victory has proven anything, it is how far the Cold War vision of technocratic expertise has fallen; many are no longer willing to trust an educated elite.
The Radicalism of Thaddeus Stevens
       
Review of Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice by Bruce Levine (Simon & Schuster, 2021). If French Jacobinism had a corollary during the Second American Revolution, it was embodied by Thaddeus Stevens. Conversely, when civil rights and justice movements have surged, his popular reputation has consistently been rejuvenated. In that sense, Bruce Levine’s Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice provides an anticipated and most welcome update of this anti-racist champion in the age of Black Lives Matter, falling Confederate monuments, and rising calls for transformational policy. As conflict over slavery intensified, Stevens doubled down on his radicalism.
Posting less, posting more, and tired of it all: How the pandemic has changed social media
       
Posting less, posting more, and tired of it all: How the pandemic has changed social mediaShare All sharing options for: Posting less, posting more, and tired of it all: How the pandemic has changed social mediaMona, a tech executive in Boston, stopped using Facebook during the pandemic. The media measurement firm previously estimated that time spent on social media would remain the same. Many readers reported extremes in their social media use: periods of constant usage that ultimately led them to feel overwhelmed or anxious, which resulted in cutting off social media usage altogether. The urge to delete social media has, ironically, been very evident on social media, where people have been increasingly talking about deleting their accounts, according to social listening company Brandwatch. According to data from customer experience management software company Sprinklr, nearly three-quarters of mentions of “social media” on social media and news sites in the last year had negative sentiment.
The AI-Powered Fact Checker That Investigates QAnon Influencers Shares Its Secret Weapon
       
“Logically Intelligence is a culmination of four years of work,” Jain explained to me. A QAnon situation room on Logically Intelligence provides a dashboard with a quick summary of what it's monitoring. Using Logically Intelligence, users can request that human misinformation experts look into a specific claim in order to provide crucial fact checking. Logically Intelligence users can request investigations into pieces of misinformation led by human fact checkers. Logically Intelligence will also require its human fact-checkers to keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s spreading online.
How social media is driving the Indian farmers protests — and why we can't stop now
       
India's farmers are months into one of the largest protests in human history. India's farmers have been camped outside Delhi for most of winter, and over 140 have died in the extreme conditions. On Jan. 26, Republic Day in India, farmers entered New Delhi to peacefully March for their cause, but violence broke out. If the farmers protests sound similar to summer 2020's Black Lives Matter uprising in the U.S., they should. It's easy to detach from domestic affairs in distant countries, but the Indian farmers protest shows us that advocacy from far and wide makes a difference.
Opinion | The worst-kept secret: Conservatism has no value(s)
       
“A conservative considers how adherence to—or deviation from—certain principles would help or hurt the goals conservatism seeks to achieve,” he writes. To the lost cause of White Christian domination, the MAGA crowd has added the lost cause of a mythical stolen election. You will note that none of this has anything to do with politics, public policy or problem-solving. It is arguably the only public cause that truly excites them. Unless and until conservatism comes to resemble a philosophy of governance and policy agenda reflective of American values, any loyalty to conservatism is empty.
Elizabeth Warren, Other Progressives Propose ‘Ultra-Millionaire’ Tax
       
Members of the Teamsters had traveled to Bessemer to lend their support, some from as far away as Boston. Cori Jennings, a 39-year-old mother of five, goes out of her way to avoid union activists staking out the Amazon parking lot. But in the late summer, a group of workers contacted a union organizer to say they wanted to discuss unionizing. “Sometimes we can convince them and sometimes we can’t.”The RWDSU is trying to tap into Bessemer’s union history during its manufacturing heyday. “They’ve picked a huge fight, and it’s going to be really hard to win.”—With Matt Day (Updates with Biden comment.
George Floyd’s brother joins protest anthem album project
       
NEW YORK — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Kevin McCall, a civil rights activist who said he believes an album of street-inspired protest anthems does not yet exist. “We have always been strengthened through songs, like ‘We Shall Overcome’ and ‘Wade in the Water.’ I want to put a new twist on it.”There is a history of interplay between music and Black protest. Some historians cite Billie Holiday’s musical rendition of the Abel Meeropol poem, “Strange Fruit,” in 1939 as one of the sparks of the civil rights movement. “If his music couldn’t make it out of Houston, I’m using my Floyd musical ability to reach people in his name,” Terrence said.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
Aaron MorrisonAssociated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Kevin McCall, a New York City activist who said he believes an album of street-inspired protest anthems does not yet exist. “Something that starts out in one space can very easily grow into something bigger and broader, if the movement itself is influential.”Terrence Floyd said the protest anthem project feels like a fitting way to honor his brother’s memory. Many years before his death, George Floyd dabbled in music — he was occasionally invited to rap on mixtapes produced by DJ Screw, a fixture of the local hip-hop scene in Houston. “If his music couldn’t make it out of Houston, I’m using my Floyd musical ability to reach people in his name,” Terrence said.
Amazon faces biggest union push in its history
       
The second Jennifer Bates walks away from her post at the Amazon warehouse where she works, the clock starts ticking. It’s that kind of pressure that has led some Amazon workers to organize the biggest unionization push at the company since it was founded in 1995. And it’s happening in the unlikeliest of places: Bessemer, Alabama, a state with laws that don’t favor unions. She adds that the organizers don't represent the majority of Amazon employees' views. Appelbaum says the union has heard from Amazon warehouse workers all over the country.
Bodycam footage shows moment Oklahoma cop fatally shoots knife-wielding black man, 60, in the back
       
Police in Oklahoma City have released body and dashboard camera video showing the moment a sergeant shot a homeless black man armed with a knife in the back as he ran away, killing him. Holman's colleague Master Sergeant Keith Duroy also fired his weapon, but he was not criminally charged because Oklahoma City District Attorney David Prater found that he did not violate the law. That is when Holman opens fire, shooting Edwards in the back three times and causes him to collapse. Oklahoma City police Sgt. And last year, Prater charged Chance Avery, a corporal with The Village Police Department, with first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a man wielding a baseball bat.
Hawaii lawmaker is arrested for 'drunk driving after going wrong way on one-way street'
       
Honolulu police arrested state Rep Sharon Har (pictured), 52, on February 23 near the intersection of Piikoi and Beretania streetsA Hawaii lawmaker reportedly asked police if they knew who she was when they arrested her for driving under the influence after she was observed going the wrong way down a one-way street last week. Honolulu police arrested state Rep Sharon Har, 52, at 10.20pm on February 23 near the intersection of Piikoi and Beretania streets. But a damaging police report released just days after her arrest claimed that Har was slurring and smelled of alcohol. Officer Christopher Morgado, said Har 'began asking if I knew who she is,' according to Hawaii News Now. However, police accounts claimed that Har told officers 'that she is not currently taking prescription medication,' according to Hawaii News Now.
US Soccer council member is removed after speaking out against player protests
       
The US Soccer Federation's athletes council has removed a member after he spoke out against players protesting inequality during the national anthem and made several other controversial statements about slavery and crime that the USSF deemed 'racist.' The US Soccer Federation's athletes council removed one its members Sunday after he spoke out against players protesting racism during the national anthem and made several other controversial statements about slavery and crime. 'The athlete's council does not tolerate this type of language and finds it incompatible with membership on the council. The council said it 'wants to be unequivocable (sic) in its condemnation of the statements that Mr. Jahn made yesterday.' Interestingly, for the first time in 2021, the entire US women's soccer team stood for the national anthem before a game last week against Brazil.
CPAC was about more than Trump's cult — it's now cemented the GOP's authoritarianism
       
But really, the Trump worship is only part of what is the bigger and much scarier story of CPAC. The Trump idolatry is part of that — what's a fascist party without a cult around a narcissistic leader? The CPAC straw poll showed only 55% of attendees endorsed Trump as their favorite for the Republican presidential nominee. For Trump voters, the fact that these voters are racially diverse and prefer Democrats inherently renders their votes illegitimate. But overall, the picture painted at CPAC was clear, even before Trump set foot on the stage.
Living Up Close and Personal With Our Endless Wars
       
My Own Personal WarTo fight wars, you need to summon a mix of rage, adrenaline, and disregard for the humanity of those whose project you seek to annihilate. We’ve been involved, directly or indirectly, in fighting those godforsaken wars launched after 9/11 for almost two decades now. You’ve generally thanked us religiously for our “service” and otherwise forgotten about those wars and gone about your business. And the military that’s been fighting those hopeless, bloody wars in distant lands for so long is on edge, too. Believe this at least: if we can’t stop fighting those wars across significant parts of the planet, this country won’t remain immune to them either.
If Trump doesn't run, does Cruz have the (far) RIGHT stuff to be the GOP 2024 candidate?
       
In fact as I wrote this I was watching “Morning Joe” and the commentator describing the Liverpool vs. Sheffield United soccer game made fun of Cruz's freedom scream. I had to look in Wikipedia to figure out why he was quoting William Wallace and to be reminded why the name seemed familiar to me. However, I am pretty sure hardly anybody in his audience knew who and what he was talking about with his William Wallace reference. Sir William Wallace was a Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the First War of Scottish Independence. Read article:Will CPAC 2021 prove to have been the Trump Tower golden elevator for Ted Cruz if Trump decides not to run?
Tomgram: Andrea Mazzarino, Living Up Close and Personal with Our Endless Wars
       
Similarly, in Afghanistan, the pressure on President Biden not to pull the last U.S. military personnel out (as President Trump had agreed) on May 1st is only growing. In this respect, the cost of armed violence to human life is incalculable. We’ve been involved, directly or indirectly, in fighting those godforsaken wars launched after 9/11 for almost two decades now. You’ve generally thanked us religiously for our “service” and otherwise forgotten about those wars and gone about your business. And the military that’s been fighting those hopeless, bloody wars in distant lands for so long is on edge, too.
329 candidates for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
       
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian Nobel Committee said Monday that there are 329 candidates — 234 individuals and 95 organizations — that were nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by the Feb. 1 deadline. A vast group of people — heads of state or politicians serving at a national level, university professors, directors of foreign policy institutes, past Nobel Prize recipients and members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee — can submit a nomination for the prize. The U.N. World Food Program won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. The peace prize and other Nobel prizes are presented Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. Five Nobel Prizes were established under the terms of Alfred Nobel’s will.
John Oliver on US police raids: 'Lives are getting destroyed'
       
John Oliver presented another damning critique of American law enforcement on Sunday night with a focus on police raids. Data on police raids is scarce, Oliver explained, though it’s estimated police carry out tens of thousands per year, disproportionately targeting black and brown residents. Oliver also tore into the flimsiness of evidence used as justification for raids, with many electronic warrants for drug searches signed in less than three minutes or an even more cursory 30 seconds. “Lives are getting destroyed through police raids,” said Oliver. Police raids “should only be used as a last resort to save lives that are in immediate danger”, he said.
What is Hamilton? A guide to the hit musical streaming on Disney+
       
Miranda also wrote the book of the musical and cast himself as the title character. A film adaptation of In The Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu, is in the pipeline for next summer. It consistently sold out, with tickets for Miranda’s last performance, in July 2016, reportedly earning $10,000 a pop on the secondary market. Lucky theatregoers took to Twitter to praise the show: “Hamilton is put together with skill unlike anything I've seen before,” one wrote. Director of photography Declan Quin installed nine cameras around the Richard Rodgers theatre and sound was recorded through 100 microphones.
Here’s what makes Warren Buffett special
       
Video TranscriptJULIE HYMAN: But first, let's talk about Warren Buffett and talk about that Berkshire letter out over the weekend. Now long-time Buffett head, I guess we could say, or Buffett watcher most certainly. And you sort of try to distill what is it, why are we so interested in Warren Buffett? And I think you could argue and make the case that Warren Buffett is one of those people. But over time, that's going to not probably serve you well as an investor.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. In particular, music has been a vehicle for building awareness of grassroots movements, often carrying desperate pleas or enraged battle cries across the airwaves. Kevin McCall, a New York City activist who said he believes an album of street-inspired protest anthems does not yet exist. Godfather Records, a label run and owned by David Wright, pastor of Grace Tabernacle Christian Center, plans to put out the seven-song album. Advertisement“If his music couldn’t make it out of Houston, I’m using my Floyd musical ability to reach people in his name,” Terrence said.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. In particular, music has been a vehicle for building awareness of grassroots movements, often carrying desperate pleas or enraged battle cries across the airwaves. Kevin McCall, a New York City activist who said he believes an album of street-inspired protest anthems does not yet exist. Godfather Records, a label run and owned by David Wright, pastor of Grace Tabernacle Christian Center, plans to put out the seven-song album. “If his music couldn’t make it out of Houston, I’m using my Floyd musical ability to reach people in his name,” Terrence said.
Phoenix to dismantle Squaw Peak, Robert E. Lee street signs
       
PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Phoenix is officially installing new signs for two streets whose names have long been considered offensive. Mayor Kate Gallego will look on Monday morning as workers erect a new sign for Piestewa Peak Drive, formerly Squaw Peak Drive. Piestewa honors fallen Native American soldier Lori Piestewa. Officials will also unveil signage for Desert Cactus Street, formerly Robert E. Lee Street. The Phoenix City Council approved both new names.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. Now, Terrence is lending a talent he honed as a youngster in a church band to help produce and promote a forthcoming album of protest anthems inspired by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations prompted in part by his brother's death. “His heartbeat is not beating no more,” he said, “but I can beat for him.”The untitled project, set for release one year after George Floyd’s death, follows a long history of racial justice messages and protest slogans crossing over into American popular music and culture. In particular, music has been a vehicle for building awareness of grassroots movements, often carrying desperate pleas or enraged battle cries across the airwaves.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, plays the drums with other artists during a recording session for an album of protest songs with the Rev. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, plays the drums with other artists during a recording session for an album of protest songs with the Rev. A full album of songs is set for release in May, one year after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. Many years before his death, George Floyd dabbled in music — he was occasionally invited to rap on mixtapes produced by DJ Screw, a fixture of the local hip-hop scene in Houston.
George Floyd kin joins protest anthem album project
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Before a late night rehearsal in December, Terrence Floyd couldn’t remember the last time he squatted on a drum throne, sticks in hand and ready to perform. Surely, he said, it had not happened since his brother, George Floyd, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last May, sparking a global reckoning over systemic racism and police brutality. Now, Terrence is lending a talent he honed as a youngster in a church band to help produce and promote a forthcoming album of protest anthems inspired by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations prompted in part by his brother's death. “I want to pay my respects to my brother any way I can, whether it’s a march, whether it’s just talking to somebody about him, or whether it’s doing what I do and playing the drums,” Terrence told The Associated Press.
What is Hamilton? A guide to the hit musical streaming on Disney+
       
Miranda also wrote the book of the musical and cast himself as the title character. A film adaptation of In The Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu, is in the pipeline for next summer. It consistently sold out, with tickets for Miranda’s last performance, in July 2016, reportedly earning $10,000 a pop on the secondary market. Lucky theatregoers took to Twitter to praise the show: “Hamilton is put together with skill unlike anything I've seen before,” one wrote. Director of photography Declan Quin installed nine cameras around the Richard Rodgers theatre and sound was recorded through 100 microphones.
Donald Trump claims he asked for 10,000 National Guard troops to be there on January 6
       
Donald Trump said Sunday he requested 10,000 National Guard troops deployed to Washington, D.C. before January 6 after realizing his rally would be larger than anticipated – but says the request was rejected by congressional leaders. Donald Trump told Fox on Sunday that he requested 10,000 National Guard troops be brought in before his January 6 rally – but it was rejected because congressional leaders didn't like the 'optics' of troops at the CapitolAfter the Capitol riot, approximately 26,000 National Guard troops were deployed to Washington, D.C. from all over the country. As it stands, around 5,000 National Guard troops remain in D.C. – and are expected to maintain a presence until mid-March. Mystery still surrounds the January 6 Capitol attack, including why National Guard were not deployed earlier to the scene as the riot unfolded. The ex-police chief said he spoke days before the riot with Irving and then-Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger about the request for National Guard.
AOC slams NYPD's $75,000 robotic police dog named Digidog as racist
       
'Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools.' Digidog was deployed and helped officers determine that the armed suspects were no longer inside the home. The robotic dog is also currently being used by the Massachusetts State Police and the Honolulu Police Department. However, Ocasio-Cortez isn't the only person to criticize the NYPD's newest robotic gadget. Keith Taylor, a former NYPD SWAT team sergeant, however, believes the Digidog has 'tremendous potential' to limit injuries and fatalities.
23 Black leaders who are shaping history today
       
Following the lead of trailblazers throughout American history, today's Black history-makers are shaping not only today but tomorrow. —Cory StiegRosalind Brewer, 58, Walgreens' next CEO and only Black woman to currently lead a Fortune 500 firmWalgreens' next CEO Rosalind Brewer. When she steps into this new role, she will be the only Black woman currently leading a Fortune 500 firm, and just the third Black woman in history to serve as a Fortune 500 CEO. "When you're a Black woman, you get mistaken a lot," she said during a 2018 speech at her alma mater, Spelman College. —Tom Huddleston Jr.Jason Wright, 38, first Black president of a National Football League teamWashington Football Team president Jason Wright.
Opportunity missed: Why there are no Black CEOs on this year's Disruptor 50 list
       
As we unveil this year's Disruptor 50 list amid nationwide protests and calls to end racial inequality and senseless violence against Black people, the list has a glaring absence. Just 10 of those 209 Black Founder List companies nominated themselves for this year's Disruptor 50 list, among more than 1,300 nominees. All of this brings us back to the lack of Black CEOs on the CNBC Disruptor List this year and an explanation of how we compile it. This Disruptor 50 list features unicorn start-ups from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Denver and Columbus, Ohio. While 7% of the Fortune 500 have a female CEO, 12% of the CNBC Disruptor 50 are led by women.
House Democrats seek to adopt resolution honoring & uplifting Black queer leaders
       
Four other out members of the House — Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), David Cicilline (D-RI), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Mark Tacano (D-CA) — also co-sponsored it. All are co-chairs of the Equality LGBTQ+ Caucus. Rep. Lee said in a statement, “the accomplishments of Black LGBTQ+ citizens have often been downplayed or ignored while they face the compounding impacts of racism and anti-LGBTQ+ bias. “The struggles for racial justice and LGBTQ+ equality are not the same, but they have always been intertwined. pic.twitter.com/r9G6DoAV2n — Equality California (@eqca) February 27, 2021We are proud to support this resolution by @RepBarbaraLee to honor incredible Black LGBTQ+ leaders like:Alin AileyJames BaldwinGlenn Burke@OsopePatrisse @aliciagarza @annapoeticJustice Martin JenkinsMarsha P. JohnsonBarbara JordanStormé DeLarverie@LoriLightfoot — Equality California (@eqca) February 27, 2021
Trump Calls Jan. 6 Rally That Incited Deadly Insurrection A ‘Love Fest’
       
Contrition has never been Donald Trump’s strong suit. “Do you get how bad it was, and is there anything looking back on it now that you would have done differently that day?” host Steve Hilton asked Trump. Without answering the question, Trump boasted about the size of the crowd. At the rally that preceded the insurrection, Trump told his supporters that “you’ll never take back our country with weakness. On Sunday evening, Hilton eventually got Trump to show a just little remorse.
National public service can revive our civic spirit, unite our divided country
       
On the Peace Corps’ birthday, we should embrace once again Kennedy’s call to think of our country before ourselves. National service can promote civic education and instill a sense of universal obligation to safeguard the values of our democratic state. We have an abundance of immediate problems that universal public service could help address. Physicians are needed in the National Health Corps and to practice in medically underserved national and international communities. Mike Ward served as a state representative, Louisville’s congressman and associate director of the U.S. Peace Corps.
How Pro-Trump Forces Pushed a Lie About Antifa at the Capitol Riot
       
At 1:51 p.m. on Jan. 6, a right-wing radio host named Michael D. Brown wrote on Twitter that rioters had breached the United States Capitol — and immediately speculated about who was really to blame. “Antifa or BLM or other insurgents could be doing it disguised as Trump supporters,” Mr. Brown wrote, using shorthand for Black Lives Matter. Minutes later, he repeated Mr. Brown’s baseless claim to Mr. Limbaugh’s throngs of listeners: “It’s probably not Trump supporters who would do that. In fact, the rioters breaking into the citadel of American democracy that day were acolytes of Mr. Trump, intent on stopping Congress from certifying his electoral defeat. Subsequent arrests and investigations have found no evidence that people who identify with antifa, a loose collective of antifascist activists, were involved in the insurrection.
There's no vaccine for chaos
       
Newsday is opening this story to all readers so Long Islanders have access to important information about the coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, the ongoing chaotic rollout — governed by a patchwork of state regulations at once arbitrary and political — might also be inoculating the population against public health laws. The logistics of vaccinating more than 300 million people are challenging, and nobody expects the implementation of any plan to be perfect. If the last year has taught us anything about public health, it is that policies designed to protect us from disease are not applied consistently or enforced equitably. All of this matters because the odds are that there will be another public health emergency.
The Muddled History of Anti-Asian Violence
       
Recently, fears of another wave of anti-Asian violence have arisen following a string of viral videos depicting attacks against Asian Americans. It’s difficult to describe anti-Asian racism when society lacks a coherent, historical account of what that racism actually looks like. The lenient sentencing sparked a national campaign against anti-Asian racism and inspired an Oscar-nominated documentary, “Who Killed Vincent Chin?”In contrast to racism against other groups, anti-Asian racism has rarely been as gruesome and blatant as it was in the Chin killing. The killing of Vincent Chin, in 1982, sparked a national campaign against anti-Asian racism and inspired an Oscar-nominated documentary. This becomes difficult when people are mystified by the idea of anti-Asian racism.
John Boyega Wins Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series at the Golden Globes
       
On top of John Boyega's already impressive résumé—which includes him starring as Finn in three Star Wars movies, NBD—he can now add "Golden Globe winner" to his list of accolades. During tonight's virtual ceremony, John took home his first-ever Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, where he was nominated for starring as Leroy Logan in Amazon's anthology series, Small Axe. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. Congratulations to John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role - Small Axe. - #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/hmPiUEwvOl — Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) March 1, 2021This content is imported from YouTube.
Hate crimes against Black residents more than doubled in 2020
       
Reported hate crimes against Black residents in Las Vegas more than doubled in 2020, which activists attribute to a rise in racism nationally and more knowledge among victims about their rights to report. Reported hate crimes against Black residents in Las Vegas more than doubled in 2020, which activists attribute to a rise in racism nationally and more knowledge among victims about their right to report. Reported hate crimes against Black residents in Las Vegas more than doubled in 2020, which activists attribute to a rise in racism nationally and more knowledge among victims about their right to report. The data was provided by nearly 16,000 police departments, including North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Henderson and Clark County school police. Jack McDevitt, a Northeastern University professor and director of the school’s Institute on Race and Justice, has studied hate crimes for more than 30 years and co-written three books on how hate crimes have affected the nation.
Minneapolis will pay influencers to post during the George Floyd murder trials
       
The city will pay social media influencers to spread “approved messages” during the trials of the police officers charged with killing George Floyd. The Minneapolis City Council passed the program , “contracts with community organizations for public safety and engagement services,” with the intent of curbing misinformation around the cases. The city plans on hiring six influencers, who will be paid $2,000 each. Deals with the influencers chosen to be involved with the program are currently being finalizedProtests erupted across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in May 2020. While these events were mostly peaceful, there were some instances of violence especially in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed.
Amazon Prime Stops Streaming Clarence Thomas Documentary During Black History Month
       
Amazon showed it has its limits when it comes to its dedication to diversity and inclusion when it failed to continue streaming a critically acclaimed and popular documentary on the only black Supreme Court justice during Black History Month. Recently, Amazon Prime dropped Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, an acclaimed and popular PBS documentary on Justice Clarence Thomas, making it unavailable to stream during Black History Month. This makes no sense at all, other than Amazon made a decision to not show this film because Justice Thomas is a black justice who has conservative views. Created Equal covers Thomas’s amazing life story in a one-on-one interview with Thomas that is unprecedented in Supreme Court history. Amazon does a great disservice to all Americans, and particularly black Americans, when it decides not to show an inspiring film about an incredible Black American during Black History Month.
Hollywood unions, and stars, amplify diversity questions facing the Golden Globes
       
“From Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement to our own diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, we fight every day for a more equitable and just society. By now we all should understand this fundamental point: It is basic human decency to ensure inclusion on set, on screen, in front of and behind the camera, in boardrooms and in the very fabric of our everyday lives. SAG-AFTRA urges our industry’s institutions to step up and hold themselves accountable for true, meaningful change in all aspects of their work. As our colleagues across the industry say Time’s Up. The time for change is now.”
Golden Globes finally faces lack of black members in HFPA after backlash
       
During the 2021 Golden Globes broadcast, the co-hosts and former “SNL” queens immediately addressed the lack of black members in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association following a damning report that led to a Time’s Up protest. “The HFPA is made up of about 90 international no black journalists,” Fey, 50, cracked. The industry activist group Time’s Up launched a #TimesUpGlobes protest campaign Friday, calling out the HFPA over the lack of diversity. The nominees, the HFPA told the LA Times last week, were at the discretion of members. “We do not control the individual votes of our members,” HFPA said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
Hollywood unions, and stars, amplify diversity questions facing the Golden Globes
       
“Without inclusive membership, they miss the opportunity to truly honor creativity and excellence among a vast and dynamic global industry of talented storytellers and stories. “From Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement to our own diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, we fight every day for a more equitable and just society. Norman Lear, who will receive the special Carol Burnett Award during the Golden Globes ceremony, tweeted a video message Sunday afternoon with the #timesupglobes hashtag. “It’s on everybody’s mind,” he said of the dearth of Black members. Let’s show our Black colleagues that we care and are willing to do the work to right the wrongs that we created.”
Correspondent of the Day, March 1, 2021: Jan. 6, BLM marches cannot be compared?
       
Jan. 6, BLM marches cannot be comparedI am not condoning the acts of violence that occurred during some of the Black Lives Matter marches, but one must look at the underlying themes of the two demonstrations. What happened on Jan. 6 was an attempt by groups of right- wing extremists, many with ties to white supremacy groups, to subvert the presidential election process. The Black Lives Matter demonstrations were an attempt to increase awareness of the violence that too often has come down on unarmed Black men and women by police officers around the country.
Equality act guts religious liberty and other commentary
       
Faith beat: Equality Act Guts Religious LibertyIf the Equality Act, passed by the House last week, becomes law, it would “cause incalculable damage to our society — with a particular ­assault on . religious believers,” warns Kenneth Craycraft at First Things. “Alaska, North and South Dakota and Utah” top the list of the states with the most shots administered. to race the discipline.’ Martin Luther King Jr., taught that what matters is not the color of your skin but the content of your character. Padilla joins with the Black Lives Matter crowd in reversing that dictum.” — Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
Lakeith Stanfield: ‘I don’t hold anything back’
       
To spread the word about his anarchic, brilliantly batshit 2018 comedy Sorry to Bother You, the actor Lakeith Stanfield adopted an anarchic, brilliantly batshit strategy. I appreciate that.”‘I think Hollywood is more of a reflection of society than we sometimes give credit for’: Lakeith Stanfield. “I don’t like it when people talk about my eyes, because I feel like they’re going to jinx me, haha,” says Stanfield. “You don’t really get that that often on anything, let alone a TV show. As a final question, I ask if Stanfield has planned any leftfield ways to promote Judas and the Black Messiah.
A Deportation Nightmare in the Bronx
       
“They say that I crossed the street on red,” Javier told his brother. He always had a head for math, Dariela told me, and according to his niece he makes the best hamburgers in the world. Dariela described the feeling of freedom she had when she left New York City for the first time as an adult. On February 1st, ICE granted Javier a thirty-day reprieve from deportation, giving his lawyers time to make more arguments for his release. “At the end of the day, this just shows our rights can be trampled at any moment,” Dariela told me.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Remove Diana Pic From Archewell Website
       
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made a small but noticeable change to the website for their nonprofit foundation after confirming that they are not returning as senior members of the royal family. The couple removed a photo of Harry and his late mother, Princess Diana, from the Archewell homepage. When the couple relaunched the website at the end of last year, they shared two childhood photos with their mothers. Together we bring you Archewell,” a letter from the pair read at the time. And from their point of view, it’s not the end of the world,” the source added.
Police officer fatally shot during mask dispute at basketball game, Louisiana cops say
       
The New York TimesNEW YORK — Two men were being held hostage in a Bronx apartment. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, described Digidog on Twitter as a “robotic surveillance ground” drone. The City Council passed the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act last June amid efforts to overhaul the police force, many of them triggered by Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Boston Dynamics began selling the robot dog, which it calls Spot, last June. The robotic dog, which bears a resemblance to those featured in the 2017 “Metalhead” episode of “Black Mirror,” was not designed to act as a covert tool of mass surveillance, Perry said.
Representative Gosar speaks at rally where organizer pushes white nationalist agenda, praises Capitol attack
       
white racism," Gosar said during a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference. ORLANDO - Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., said Saturday that he opposed “white racism,” hours after speaking at a far-right conference whose organizer spoke approvingly of the Capitol insurrection while delivering a white-nationalist speech. "There's no room for violence," Gosar said when asked about the Capitol riots. "I saw hundreds of thousands of patriots surrounding the U.S. Capitol building, and I saw the police retreating, and we heard that the politicians voting on the fraudulent election had scurried to their underground tunnels away from the Capitol," Fuentes said. AdvertisementAsked whether he regretted attending the event, Gosar said "you don't accomplish anything by isolating" and refusing to speak to some audiences.
Police accused of using sensitivities around BLM to dismiss case in which man threatened to stab couple
       
Police have been accused of using sensitivities around the Black Lives Matter movement to dismiss a case in which a man threatened to stab a couple in central London. When Miss Khalique-Brown explained there was no such place, the man swore at her and threatened to stab her in the head. He then made a similar threat to Mr Ward, who said they were genuinely in fear for their lives. After making several threats of violence towards them the man moved away and the couple watched where he went and dialled 999. The officer told the couple the man had complained about them being “dismissive” towards him and suggested everyone needed to be more sensitive in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Should Stand for Solidarity With the Oppressed — Not With Cops and Corporations
       
They went on to organize the first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Since then, the Mardi Gras has been held annually, in defiance of homophobia and police persecution. Today, the Sydney Mardi Gras (MG) parade and festival — held on March 6 — has grown to become one of the city’s most prominent cultural attractions. In 2019, PiP won a breakthrough when member and local communist Charlie Murphy was elected to the Mardi Gras board. Reject Modernity, Embrace Tradition The conservative evolution of Mardi Gras represents a sharp break with its radical, working-class traditions.
Black Movies Matter: Pan African Film Festival Goes Virtual
       
The Los Angeles-based Pan African Film Festival launches this year on February 28, screening Black-themed features, documentaries, shorts, and animations online. The Pan African Film Festival is all about bringing films from near and far about the global Black experience to U.S. audiences who might not otherwise have the chance to view them. With twelve works, South Africa has the largest number of submissions from Africa at the 2021 Pan African Film Festival. My favorite film at this year’s Pan African Film Festival hails from Brazil. The festival proves that not only do Black Lives Matter—but Black movies do, too.
Minneapolis to hire social media influencers to spin news at George Floyd murder trial
       
Minneapolis officials will hire a team of social media influencers to send “approved messages” during the upcoming murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, according to reports. The city will pay six influencers $2,000 each to relay approved information from the high-profile and potentially volatile trial when it gets underway next month, Fox News said. The move is part of a $1 million plan approved by the Minneapolis City Council on Friday, as the Minnesota city braces for possible unrest in the controversial case. The city has not identified the social influencers it hopes to hire, but said it is targeting social media users with large followings. “The key word here is ‘city approved,'” said community activist Toussaint Morrison, who has more than 11,000 Instagram, told WCCO.
Government seeks to retain lockdown limits on protests
       
Patel recently described last year’s Black Lives Matter protests as “dreadful” after previously calling them illegal. BLM demonstrators have claimed they were subjected to intimidating police tactics such as kettling, and a report from the monitoring coalition Netpol alleged the policing of the protests was “institutionally racist”. Patel’s letter to Winsor has prompted a review by the inspectorate into how effectively the police manage protests. Its findings will help Patel prepare a new law to curb protests that it is understood will target those that block parliament or affect judicial hearings, among other criteria. “But this must be carefully balanced with the rights of others to go about their business, and not seek to prevent the operation of our democracy.
The Disinformation Party
       
Although the quotation originated with a sixties tobacco executive, it could be spoken today by the leaders of the Republican Party, as their primary product is disinformation. 1984's ruling Party, "big brother," uses the "thought police" to control the populous through disinformation. Because Trump is a media personality and a pathological liar, enclasping him made it easier for the GOP to become the Party of disinformation. Solutions: At the heart of our current political impasse is the Republican disinformation machine; the reality that "doubt is [their] product." Nonetheless, the fundamental nature of the Republican Party has changed -- and is antithetical to democracy,Long range there are two solutions: one is to severely penalize the purveyors of disinformation.
The Disinformation Party
       
Although the quotation originated with a sixties tobacco executive, it could be spoken today by the leaders of the Republican Party, as their primary product is disinformation. 1984's ruling Party, "big brother," uses the "thought police" to control the populous through disinformation. Because Trump is a media personality and a pathological liar, enclasping him made it easier for the GOP to become the Party of disinformation. Solutions: At the heart of our current political impasse is the Republican disinformation machine; the reality that "doubt is [their] product." Nonetheless, the fundamental nature of the Republican Party has changed -- and is antithetical to democracy,Long range there are two solutions: one is to severely penalize the purveyors of disinformation.
Child of Black Activists Bombed by Police: “My Activism Is My Religion”
       
In the ‘70s, the organization began protesting against institutions that were enslaving life, bartering life and mistreating life. But the core understanding and belief system — believing in life, that life should be protected, preserved and safeguarded — hasn’t changed. The things that are happening to Black people, being killed by the police, that’s not about religion. I bet every type of religion that exists has a representative saying Black Lives Matter. But I also bet every religion has opposition to Black Lives Matter, too.
Biden Won’t Allow Cancellation of Standardized Testing Amid COVID-19. Trump Did.
       
Sometimes a few tears would stream down her face: “Miss, I can’t do this.”Three hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon for standardized tests. Everyone hated standardized tests. Now, Joe Biden is forcing schools to administer standardized tests in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Standardized tests don’t measure learning. In fact, these currently mandated standardized tests are under the ESSA, an Obama-era law.
Prisons are getting Whiter. That’s one way mass incarceration might end.
       
Beginning in 2017, the White rate of being jailed surpassed that of Hispanics for the first time in living memory. Persuading people to join the fight against mass incarceration because Whites stand to benefit is bound to repulse those already committed to the cause. What’s more, in a remarkable moment of convergence, libertarians, religious leaders and racial-justice advocates oppose mass incarceration for separate but overlapping reasons. Opponents of mass incarceration — including Biden — should continue to denounce racism within the criminal justice system. But the president can also remind Americans that our racial fates are joined: All of us would benefit from the end of mass incarceration.
Vancouver film company apologizes after crew member told to remove Black Lives Matter shirt
       
“My boss came up to say my producer saw me wearing the shirt, and told me not to wear any more Black Lives Matters shirts or anything that’s too political on set,” Billy said. They refused to remove the shirt, and told the employer they weren’t coming back the next day. “Black Lives Matter is a human rights movement, and it’s not a political one. Some talent even threatened not to work, Billy said. The producer at the centre of the controversy apologized to affected crew and was removed from the set, it said.
Backlash in Fresno as evangelical church tries to buy Tower Theatre, a bohemian landmark
       
At first, few in the neighborhood paid attention to the churchgoers filing into the Tower Theatre on Sunday mornings. Adrianna Rafanan has a drink at Bobby Salazar’s in Fresno’s Tower District, a small arts district with restaurants, bars and the Tower Theatre. In a Facebook video, the church’s assistant pastor DeShawn Carraway, who is Black, accused the Tower community of acting like racists. AdvertisementSuzi Wallace gathered with community members to object to the recent purchase of the Tower Theatre by an evangelical church. The Tower District community is up in arms and lawsuits over the purchase of a Fresno landmark, the Tower Theatre.
Newsom expected to value death penalty opposition in a new California attorney general
       
Advertisement“Our death penalty system has been — by any measure — a failure,” Newsom said at the time. Jerry Brown and Vice President Kamala Harris both publicly opposed the death penalty but defended death sentences during their terms as California’s attorney general. Becton and Rosen signed on to an amicus brief in October that argues the state’s death penalty system has violated the Constitution. The brief notes that the prosecutors “believe that death sentences are arbitrarily imposed under the current California death penalty statutes.”The two district attorneys also signed a January letter from the group Fair and Just Prosecution asking Biden to stop the death penalty at the federal level. Rosen, along with the district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles County, has also decided not to seek the death penalty in murder cases.
When the Left Attacked the Capitol
       
But the bureau hadn’t identified Dohrn as one of the possible Capitol bombers. The FBI found witnesses who said they saw Bacon in the Capitol the day before the blast. | Getty ImagesThe Weather Underground continued to stage nonlethal bombings in the 1970s, notably a blast inside a Pentagon bathroom and at the State Department. She left their 14-month-old son to be raised by her closest friends, Dohrn and Ayers, who became academics in Chicago. The bombing supercharged Nixon’s paranoia, leading the president and his aides to ramp up their crackdown on the New Left.
Rob Oller: Scarlet, gray and Black: Young Archie Griffin targeted by Columbus cop
       
And Ohio State fans who watched Griffin perform bleed scarlet. Taking the chromatic analogy further, OSU’s primary palette of colors also includes gray, black and white, according to the school’s branding guidelines. Gray is a mix of white and black, which also describes how the majority of white Buckeye Nation view Griffin. To most fans, the former tailback-turned-untouchable icon is neither black nor white, but just plain “Arch.”That is the comfortable way many see him. But the Ohio State legend does not stop there.
Point of View: Leonard Pitts Jr.: Black history is America’s history. It will not be erased — no matter how hard America tries
       
Things — obvious things — happen, but they don’t know why, because they have not been taught. As Black History Month draws to a close, we are met with a spate of headlines distressing and depressing in their tiresome familiarity. In Utah, a school allows students to opt out of lessons on African American history; the option is rescinded after a national backlash. In New Jersey, Rutgers University is investigating racist intrusions into Zoom events related to Black History Month. In Tennessee, a principal chooses as a theme for Black History Month the slogan, “All Lives Matter;” the principal, an African American woman(!
How social media is driving the Indian farmers protests — and why we can't stop now
       
India's farmers are months into one of the largest protests in human history. India's farmers have been camped outside Delhi for most of winter, and over 140 have died in the extreme conditions. On Jan. 26, Republic Day in India, farmers entered New Delhi to peacefully March for their cause, but violence broke out. If the farmers protests sound similar to summer 2020's Black Lives Matter uprising in the U.S., they should. It's easy to detach from domestic affairs in distant countries, but the Indian farmers protest shows us that advocacy from far and wide makes a difference.
Los Angeles district attorney faces recall effort less than 3 months into term
       
LOS ANGELES — A campaign to oust Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón kicked off Saturday evening as pressure mounts over his criminal justice reforms that critics claim have gone too far. They expected up to 100 people to attend, including many crime victims and Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami, an outspoken critic of Gascón's changes, NBC Los Angeles reported. A Cuban immigrant, Gascón served as San Francisco’s district attorney from 2011 to 2019 and was a Los Angeles police officer before that. Her predecessor, Steve Cooley, is listed among those backing the Gascón recall effort. A third recall effort is also brewing in San Francisco to force out progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
No, a Virginia school district didn’t ban Dr. Seuss books. Here’s what really happened.
       
For many years, the event focused on Seuss books, with “read-ins” held around the country. Schools in LCPS, and across the country, have historically connected Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of Read Across America Day. That being said, Dr. Seuss books have not been banned; they are still available to students in our libraries and classrooms. Yet only 22 percent of children’s books published in 2016 featured non-White children, and only 13 percent of children’s books published in 2016 were by non-White creators.
Column: UCLA gymnastics has a captivating magnetism, even in the time of coronavirus
       
AdvertisementUCLA gymnast Margzetta Frazier competes in the uneven parallel bars, scoring a 9.950 against Oregon State at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. While the prohibition of indoor crowds has affected every team in town, the ramifications feel especially profound for UCLA. Didn’t matter how much artificial crowd noise was in the background. UCLA gymnasts join hands during a ceremony honoring the Black Lives Matter movement before Saturday’s meet against Oregon State at Pauley Pavilion. What I was able to tell her was that when the doors to Pauley Pavilion reopen, the team she will see will have the same spirit as the teams she saw before.
The New Foreign Flavor of CPAC’s Red Meat
       
Each day began with the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem and countless speakers professed their love of country. Instead, it marked the further transition of the American right away from its libertarian roots to a more European model of populist politics. When speaking onstage about the legislation, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was riled that spending in the legislation was misdirected in his view. Instead, the focus was on the type of culture-war red meat that had been a staple of Trumpism. Speaker after speaker celebrated that they were in Florida, a state with relatively lax restrictions in place due to the coronavirus.
QAnon nuts push bonkers theory Trump will be made president again NEXT WEEK after ‘military investigation’ into Biden
       
QANON believers are baselessly convinced that Donald Trump will return to the White House next week after a "military investigation" into President Joe Biden. The utter nonsense is the latest wild prediction peddled by the deranged conspiracy theory which has spread like wildfire over the past few years - reaching millions worldwide. And despite the conspiracy theory seeming laughable, it has been linked to violence and ex-believers have explained how the twisted lies almost ruined their lives. 8 QAnon supporters are now fixated on March 4 as their next key date Credit: CNN8 QAnon baselessly predicts a military coup next week which will reinstall Trump Credit: CNNSo what is QAnon? The conspiracy theory began to gain more mainstream attention and QAnon supporters began appearing at Trump rallies.
Bangladeshis protest prison death of commentator
       
Apreda, who had studied computer science, was eventually tracked by the National Crime Agency to a flat in Berlin and was arrested by armed officers from Germany’s LKA police unit. Following a ten week trial in Berlin he was convicted of extortion offences and convicted to three years in prison. But extraordinarily the 33-year-old, who had been on remand since his arrest, was granted bail until the judgement is ratified. Apreda stood trial in Germany rather than the UK because the authorities feared extradition would be difficult, especially post-Brexit. Had he stood trial in the UK he could have faced terrorism charges and would have likely been sentenced to 14-years in prison if convicted.
UCLA gymnasts raise a fist in Black Excellence meet dedicated to racial justice
       
When the music stopped after their floor routines, each Bruin raised a fist in the air, holding final poses intentionally modified to make the perfect punctuation to UCLA’s first Black excellence meet. AdvertisementUCLA was planning the meet for months after the team had candid conversations about last summer’s protests about racial inequality and police brutality. Advertisement× Highlights from UCLA’s meet with Oregon State on Saturday. UCLA’s bars score Saturday was the team’s best score on any event this season. AdvertisementUCLA gymnasts (from left) Chae Campbell, Nia Dennis and Pauline Tratz kneel in solidarity ahead of a meet against the Oregon State on Saturday.
A Michigan teacher wanted to use a BLM at School curriculum. She says the district said no, so she resigned.
       
A special education teacher in Michigan resigned after she says district officials balked at her plans to discuss diversity and race topics in the classroom. In January, Thomas suggested for Black History Month, the district could incorporate material provided by Black Lives Matter at School, a nationwide coalition advocating racial justice in education. "To say the district would deny a staff member the opportunity to discuss diversity in the classroom is simply not true.”Drzewicki said the district provides Black history resources to teachers. "No staff member was denied or told not to use these district-provided materials to teach about Black History Month, or diversity, equity and inclusion." She submitted her resignation Feb. 12.In her resignation, she urged the district to "prioritize diversity and inclusivity at all levels."
Nassau salutes 'unsung heroes' at virtual Black History month event
       
As part of Black History Month, the first-ever "A Salute to Unsung Heroes" virtual event was held via Zoom as black civic leaders, business owners, educators, doctors and others were presented with citations from the Nassau County Legislature for their service in improving the lives for African Americans in their local communities. "Let that be a testament that we will not allow COVID to stand in the way of celebrating African Americans in this country," Abrahams said. Poetry was also read by Denise Louther Williams titled "Unsung Heroes," which paid tribute to the event’s honorees. Despite the challenges, it really shined the light on the needs of our community," said Ray, who thanked the Black community for their support. Antonio Kelley, founder of PichaDis Media, a visual media company that highlights stories of the Black community, was also recognized for his work at the event.
US soccer scraps 'no kneel' anthem policy after vote
       
Megan Rapinoe kneels during the US national anthem before a game against the Netherlands in 2016. US Soccer on Saturday formally scrapped a policy requiring players to stand for the anthemAdvertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)United States Soccer formally scrapped a controversial policy banning players from kneeling during the national anthem on Saturday following a vote of members at the federation's annual meeting. US Soccer's board of directors repealed the policy last year but the decision required confirmation by the full membership of the ruling body. The rule ordering players to "stand respectfully" for the US national anthem was introduced in 2017. The USSF faced mounting pressure to review the no-kneel policy following the nationwide protests sparked by the death in police custody of unarmed Black man George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.
City Council candidate wants NYPD Commish Shea ‘hung by his cajones’
       
“Should the NYPD Vice Squad be eliminated?” the survey asked, one of several questions on police and jail issues. “Should Dermot Shea be fired immediately?”“Hung by his cahones,” Schwartz wrote, misspelling cajones, the Spanish word for testicles. Schwartz, 68, a longtime progressive activist, has been endorsed by Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and the Transportation Workers Union, among others. “Shea is never, ever critical of anything his officers do,” he told The Post. “I think he has only exacerbated tensions between the police and both the minority community and white activists… and I think that’s disgraceful.”
Black woman to take command of oldest federal law enforcement agency for the first time in 230 years
       
Pamela A. Smith on Sunday will take command of the U.S. Park Police, the first time a Black woman will lead the federal agency in its 230-year history, the Park Police said Thursday. The USPP is the country's oldest federal law enforcement agency. One of her priorities will be to mandate body cameras for all USPP officers, Smith said. More:Longtime NYC educator Meisha Ross Porter to be first Black woman leading nation's largest public school district“Body-worn cameras are good for the public and good for our officers,” said Smith. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman to lead the federal agency.
San Francisco to move $120 million from police to Black community
       
San Francisco Mayor London Breed released a fiscal plan this week that would divert $120 million from the city’s law enforcement funding to an initiative to help Black communities. SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL BOARD REACHES AGREEMENT ON REOPENING, BUT NO DATE IN SIGHT"To make these decisions, we've listened to the African-American community about what's worked and what hasn't and we are committed to actually delivering on the promises that are made but all too often aren't kept," she added. Breed first announced her plan to divert law enforcement funds in June 2020 as part of the nationwide push to re-examine law enforcement funding, following the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by a police officer in Minneapolis. The San Francisco Human Rights Commission then reviewed funding needs in the city's Black community by conducting surveys, community meeting and "listening sessions." We must listen to Black voices, commit the resources, and create the programs that will actually right past wrongs and get people resources and services so they can build their futures here in San Francisco and know that their City has their back," Breed said.
Jayson Tatum growing his brand, but he wants team success first
       
Tatum has tried to focus on leading the team back to prosperity while also enjoying the benefits of his success. It’s been an eventful week for Celtics forward Jayson Tatum , and not for all the right seasons. Tatum said he wants team success first. Several WNBA players, including members of the Dream began, then began openly supporting her Democratic opponent, Raphael Warnock. Montgomery, 34, was one of the first WNBA players to opt out of the 2020 season because of the desire to pursue social justice efforts.
Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns
       
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, described Digidog on Twitter as a “robotic surveillance ground” drone. The City Council passed the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act last June amid efforts to overhaul the police force, many of them triggered by Black Lives Matter demonstrations. “So openness and transparency is key.”The New York Police Department did not respond to requests for comment about the civil liberty concerns. The company, which calls the robot dog Spot, began selling it last June. The post Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns appeared first on New York Times.
The Sports League That Refuses to Court Certain Fans
       
Taking the time to make such a statement suggests that the NWHL is not worried about alienating a certain type of fan. David Berri, a Southern Utah University economics professor who studies sports, says women’s leagues are wise to seek out a different audience than long-standing male leagues have. “Our fans know how we roll,” Elizabeth Williams, a forward for the Atlanta Dream, told me recently. “In terms of women’s hockey, our LGBTQ+ community is huge,” she told me, adding that she hopes the league can seek out a more racially diverse fan base, too. And the league has announced big endorsement deals with Dick’s Sporting Goods and Discover, proving that cultivating their existing fan base can pay off.
George M Johnson: 'Queer characters tend to die at the end of books'
       
George M Johnson is a writer and activist whose first book, All Boys Aren’t Blue, is a memoir about growing up black and queer in America. Queer characters tend to die at the end of a lot of books! Or have really, really traumatic stories that don’t leave you feeling healed or whole. [But] when we talk Black Lives Matter, he understands it fully: he watches George Floyd, he understands the necessity of protesting. • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M Johnson is published by Penguin on 4 March (£8.99).
Even in the playground, I was told my skin was too dark: it’s time to face up to colourism
       
A couple of weeks ago, I posted on social media about having “lost out” on hosting a documentary to a lighter-skinned black woman. As I grew up, the majority of black women I saw in movies, on TV and in magazines were fair skinned. All black women face prejudice, but the truth is that mixed-raced and lighter-skinned black women have been granted a degree of privilege. Research looking at 12,000 female prisoners in North Carolina found that sentences for lighter-skinned women are, on average, 12% shorter than for dark-skinned inmates. In 2014, the founder of dating website OkCupid shared data showing that dark-skinned black women are the least likely to be approached on his site.
Rep. Gosar criticizes ‘white racism’ after speaking at event whose organizer called for white supremacy
       
Gosar was the only elected official to attend the Friday event, speaking after former congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), who lost a 2020 primary after party leaders abandoned him over a string of white-nationalist remarks. In a brief interview after speaking at the CPAC panel Saturday, Gosar continued to distance himself from Fuentes’s remarks, which he said he had stayed in the room to watch. “There’s no room for violence,” Gosar said when asked about the Capitol riots. AD“I suggest that senators and members of Congress that fail to put America first should be held accountable at the ballot box,” Gosar said. “We thought about it, and we thought: There is a group of young people that are becoming part of the election process, and becoming a bigger force,” Gosar said.
Sheila Washington dies at 61; helped exonerate Scottsboro Boys
       
Ms. Washington saw that the story of the Scottsboro Boys had helped fuel the civil rights movement decades later, and she was determined that it be recognized. But when deputies questioned two white women who had been on the train, the women accused the boys of raping them. Along the way, one of the white women, Ruby Bates, recanted her story, but the defendants remained behind bars. Ms. Washington’s next goal was to clear the names of the Scottsboro Boys, the last of whom, Clarence Norris, died in 1989 at 76. Ms. Washington continued to bring school groups and others to the museum, educating new generations about the Scottsboro Boys.
Kyrie Irving is wrong about making Kobe Bryant the NBA’s logo
       
Which is what disqualifies Irving’s latest suggestion: that the NBA’s half-century old logo of a silhouetted basketball player be turned into a new silhouette. AD“I think he deserves it,” Irving reiterated Thursday in Brooklyn after leading the Nets to a blowout win. ADWhether Bryant was an exemplary-enough citizen that the league should showcase him as its representative in perpetuity is more problematic. Because Bryant and Irving and those of their generations are more Black princes than Black kings. The kings are those of West’s generation, the first Black players to make an imprint on professional basketball, change it forever and assume its thrones.
Lauren Underwood Is the Future
       
A Lauren Underwood for Congress van is seen in the background. The gerrymander was so successful statewide that a Politico reporter quipped that the House Speaker had “punched his ticket to the partisan hall of fame.” But then along came Lauren Underwood. Her opponent was already pushing the idea that the district “would not be safe with Lauren Underwood in office,” she says. “My opponent would come out and say, ‘You need to be scared of Lauren Underwood,’ and people would be like, ‘Well, I just saw her. That’s how I felt.”On November 8, five days after the election, Underwood pulled ahead.
What makes Warren Buffett really special
       
August 30th 2020 - Warren Buffett celebrates his 90th birthday. - File Photo by: zz/NPX/STAR MAX/IPx 2008 10/22/08 Warren Buffett at "The Women's Conference" held on October 22, 2008 in Long Beach, CA. Warren Buffett is still at it. For those of us who count ourselves as Warren Buffett freaks, reading through his annual letter has become something of a late February tradition. Which isn’t to say there aren’t multitudes of Americans who respect and even cherish Warren Buffett.
Florida lawmakers face challenges as 60-day session begins
       
Outgoing Senate President Bill Galvano hands the gavel over to new Senate President Wilton Simpson during the Florida Legislature's Organization Session in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Lawmakers begin their annual 60-day session on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 facing budget uncertainties and COVID-19 complications and with new leadership in the House and Senate. (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP, File)Outgoing Senate President Bill Galvano hands the gavel over to new Senate President Wilton Simpson during the Florida Legislature's Organization Session in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Lawmakers begin their annual 60-day session on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 facing budget uncertainties and COVID-19 complications and with new leadership in the House and Senate. ADVERTISEMENTThe budget is the only bill lawmakers are required to pass, and lawmakers won’t get the latest revenue estimates until after session starts.
He shares conspiracy theories and won’t mask up. It got him elected in Huntington Beach
       
Tito Ortiz strolled into a Huntington Beach burger shack, steps from the sand on Pacific Coast Highway, as he did every Sunday. The City Council considered stripping him of his mayor pro tem title. By 25, he had honed his image as the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” with his black-flamed shorts and penchant for trash-talking the competition. Cleber Luciano, who owns Cleber Jiu-Jitsu in Huntington Beach and previously coached Ortiz, said the fighter has two distinct personalities. But for members of the City Council, his future as the face of the city isn’t assured.
How Brehanna Daniels is changing the world of NASCAR, one pit stop at a time
       
“That shows you how much I wasn’t in tune with NASCAR.”But after watching a video of a pit stop during a race, Daniels was in awe. She had just two days to make a decision: either attend pit crew tryouts or videotape a six-hour baseball game for her campus internship. Almost five years later, Daniels, who is of Guyanese and African American descent, is now the first Black woman pit crew member in NASCAR. It was quite an honor to learn about and watch her actually performing in an actual pit crew. Though she is the first Black woman pit crew member, Daniels hopes she isn’t the last.
WNBA approves sale of the Atlanta Dream following pressure on Kelly Loeffler
       
ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery made history on Friday as part of a three-member investor group that was approved to purchase the team. James applauded Montgomery’s ownership role by posting on Twitter: “So proud of this Queen. Dream players wore “Vote Warnock” T-shirts in support of Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock, who defeated Loeffler in Georgia’s Senate runoff. “I want to take this time to thank the WNBA players, particularly the Dream players,” Engelbert said Friday. “Today does mark a new beginning for the Atlanta Dream organization,” Engelbert said.
Daniel Prude died and it was ruled a homicide. So why isn't it a crime?
       
"The system was built to protect and shield officers from wrongdoing and accountability," James said Tuesday after announcing the Prude grand jury's decision. A handful of those cases — including Prude's — have been presented to a grand jury or gone to trial. No charges in Daniel Prude's death:But grand jury records approved for release. Losing faithAt her news conference Tuesday in Rochester, James said she knew the Prude family would be disappointed by the outcome. "My office presented an extensive case and we sought a different outcome than the one grand jury handed us today," she said.
‘Caste’ Author Isabel Wilkerson Will Change The Way You See The World
       
Isabel Wilkerson’s recent work may have transformed her from a successful journalist and non-fiction author into a global superstar, but she also sees herself as something of a building inspector. Through the language of “caste”, Wilkerson believes she can find “the origins and evolution of classifying and elevating one group of people over another”. Despite her friendliness and warmth, it feels inappropriate to address her by her first name – it is always Ms Wilkerson. Wilkerson called those losses, “an incomprehensible vanishing of the two people, after my father’s death, that I had loved most in this world”. A prayer for this country, a prayer for humanity and a prayer for the planet.”‘Caste’ by Isabel Wilkerson (Allen Lane, £20) is out now.
Chief: Police heeded Capitol attack warnings but overwhelmed
       
However, she denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection. Even if it had reached the top officials, Pittman argued, Capitol Police wouldn't have done anything differently. Before she was named acting police chief — Sund, the former chief, resigned after the riot — Pittman was the assistant chief in charge of intelligence operations. The police force is overseen by a separate body — the Capitol Police Board — which includes the sergeants at arms of both houses. In her testimony, Pittman denied that race played a role in the failure to heed warning signs.
Noname’s Voice Remains Singular on ‘Rainforest’
       
The wonder of the track is nothing feels out of place — even the grooving, slightly tropical beat, one of Noname’s most danceable yet. “These n- - - -s put a flag up on it, all they do is consume.” None of the information is new, but her perspective remains singular. Noname doesn’t just want to laugh at the billionaire cokeheads running the world — she wants to dance, she sings in the chorus. “I know this is a song for overcoming,” she finally concludes before running out of words. “Dance with me, I know I’m free.” Years later, the scope of that search for freedom has only expanded.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman Educating an Uninformed Mom on BLM Won Late Night
       
“Of course, it’s not strictly accurate,” Prince Harry said of the show, which the royal family has said is strictly fictional, for the record. “I am way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing stories written about my family or my wife or myself,” Prince Harry continued. Representative Jamaal Bowman Educating Bootsie Plunkett on Black Lives MatterWow, I must say, Black History Month has really flown by. She admits at the top that she’s said “All Lives Matter” before, got screamed at, and didn’t know why. To all the Black people reading, if anyone asks you, “WhY iS SaYiNg ALL LiVeS MaTtEr BaD??????
Nine years after Trayvon Martin’s killing, hoodies still spark debate
       
On the ninth anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, the racial conversations in America around the hoodie continue. Martin was wearing one on 26 February 2012 when he was shot dead by a neighborhood watchman in Florida while out buying a pack of Skittles. Now, in the same month Martin would have turned 26 had he lived, wearing a hoodie is still sparking conversations and debate around racist perceptions of Black young people. “I’ll never forget when Trayvon Martin was killed in 2012, I was 12 years old,” wrote Chicago Bulls’ player Coby White on Instagram. Co-founder Andrew Wright said he founded the group with Sole to “stand out against perceptions against Black and indigenous people of color wearing hoodie sweatshirts.
House passes Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package including $1,400 stimulus checks
       
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Alphaeus Hunton: A life devoted to equality, liberation, and internationalism
       
As an architect of the early struggle for African-American equality and Black liberation in Africa, Hunton’s life was committed to exposing the links between domestic racism and Jim Crow, and colonialism and imperialism abroad. Like his mentors and friends Robeson and DuBois, Hunton continued his work on behalf of Black liberation and socialism. Also during this time, Hunton wrote regularly for Freedomways, the quarterly journal of Black liberation. Throughout his life, Hunton was unapologetic in his commitment to African-American equality, Black liberation, and socialism. For the first time since their original publication, Hunton’s Daily Worker columns will be made available to general readers.)
George Floyd justice coalition puts officials on notice before Chauvin trial
       
Nekima Levy-Armstrong of the Racial Justice Network addresses the Feb. 25 press conference in Minneapolis. | Wayne Nealis / People's WorldMINNEAPOLIS—At a press conference held in Minneapolis on Feb. 25, a coalition of groups demanding justice for George Floyd reminded city and state officials that they will fill the streets March 8 on the opening day of the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin. It resembles an army base in a war zone rather than a place where justice is adjudicated. Yet in the nine months since George Floyd was killed, in those nine months, not one damn thing has changed. Nothing.”“We are tired of the lip service from elected officials who are claiming that they cared about George Floyd, that they care about justice, and we are saying.
UCLA Gymnasts "Feel Nothing but Power" in Their New Black Lives Matter Leotards
       
UCLA gymnasts usually change up their leotards every competition — though Comforte said there should be a few repeats this season. Frazier stated during a media call that having the four Black gymnasts on the team, herself included, weigh in on the leotard's design was vital. "We have Black gymnasts on the team, and we're going to continue to have Black gymnasts on the team, and we want them to feel welcomed and supported in this environment and to also inspire and uplift other young Black gymnasts as well." UCLA's Black excellence meet will be televised live on Pac-12 Network at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET. In a video posted to social media, the UCLA gymnastics team explain what Black excellence means to them leading up to Saturday's competition.
CPAC organizers begged attendees to wear masks — and got booed
       
This type of rhetoric might seem absurd to people who take science and public health seriously, but it doesn’t to CPAC attendees. pic.twitter.com/hvoTPLKQ9J — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 26, 2021People could be excused for experiencing some cognitive dissonance. The speakers who came before and after that incident demonstrated that enduring a year-long pandemic hasn’t motivated conservatives to take basic public health practices more seriously. That mentality went on to infuse a reelection campaign in which Trump spread disease and misinformation across the country at rallies that made a mockery of basic public health measures. But even after Trump’s defeat, conservatives’ approach to the coronavirus pandemic remains unchanged.
YouTuber Seth Calls David Dobrik Prank Video Sexual Assault
       
Joseth Francois, 26, is more widely known on the internet as Seth, an influencer who was part of megafamous YouTuber David Dobrik's Vlog Squad. But now, after almost four years and 10 million views, Francois is unpacking his experience from one "prank" video with Dobrik, saying it was sexual assault. Francois told BuzzFeed News he's speaking out now to "reverse the damage" and to prevent incidents like this from happening in the industry again. Francois told BuzzFeed News in an interview Tuesday that being written into sketches like this enabled fans to openly make racist jokes about him. "The most horrific experience, and I am still experiencing trauma, is that bit with Jason Nash," Francois told BuzzFeed News.
‘You’re always an immigrant until you own land’ – The Black Farmer on diversifying the countryside
       
For Emmanuel-Jones, owning land signifies belonging. “You’re always an immigrant until you own land, especially if you’re a person of colour,” he explains. “There’s something about owning land. It’s not really about the farming as such, it’s owning land, owning a part of England, it makes you an Englishman. I think the more we see people of colour really getting into areas of the establishment, the more it’s accepted that we’re here.”Yet hurdles still exist.
The Pervasive Power of Hierarchy in the Workplace
       
I was working a different blue collar job, then one day stumbled into this blue collar job. My shop happens to inhabit a corner of the industry that is a junction between aerospace, automotive and medical manufacturing. The other revelation was just how blue collar this industry really is. Another shining moment was when the other shop owner had convened a shop meeting to discuss the importance of voting. But it's also a wonderful thought that individual people within hierarchal power structures can be influenced to do good.
Cashing in on racialist politics: Black Lives Matter foundation raised $90 million in 2020
       
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) last week released for the first time a report outlining its financial position. The so-called “2020 Impact Report” states that the organization collected over $90 million last year. It has since promoted and capitalized on the slogan “Black Lives Matter,” raising substantial sums of money, including from large corporate donors and private foundations like the Ford Foundation. These funds, it states, “will go toward the sustenance of Black communities and Black movement-building.” BLMGNF ended 2020 with more than $60 million in its coffers. Technology companies were some of the largest contributors to the Black Lives Matter movement.
It's so fitting that Renee Montgomery helped rid the WNBA of Kelly Loeffler
       
You will not be missed, most certainly not by WNBA players. The two other members of the ownership group are Suzanne Abair, Northland's president and COO, and ... former Dream player Renee Montgomery. And now, not only did WNBA players play a significant role in Loeffler losing to Rev. Renee Montgomery will become the first former WNBA player to own a team. In a conference call with media on Friday, Engelbert made sure to thank players, "particularly the Dream players.
Hamstring injury will keep Nets’ Kevin Durant on sideline through All-Star break
       
Kevin Durant will be out through the All-Star break because of a hamstring injury, sidelining the Brooklyn Nets star from a game for which he was chosen to serve as a captain. The Nets said Friday that after a routine follow-up MRI on Durant’s left hamstring, it was determined that he needed additional recovery time. The Nets, who have won eight straight, have three more games before the break. He missed his rookie season after sustaining an ankle injury which required surgery before starting 14 games in 2017. Bautista Agut won 88 percent of the first-serve points and was ruthless on Humbert’s serve, converting all four break points.
Since this California church began flouting pandemic restrictions, attendance has surged
       
“But no, no, no, the church won’t be silent.”“The king of California,” the pastor went on, “is not greater than the king of all creation, Jesus Christ.”There was a chorus of whoops and amens. From his pulpit, McCoy dismisses covid-19 as an overblown sham and rails against pandemic restrictions he believes unlawfully trample religious liberties. Attendance has tripled, the church says, drawing eclectic crowds of more than 1,000 each weekend. “This has nothing to do with health,” McCoy fired back in a live stream. Church attendees were in clear violation of mandates — unmasked and packed close together — the lawsuit read, and McCoy “encouraged the violations of these mandates.”ADStill, church services continued.
How to tell when the pandemic is over
       
How to tell when the pandemic is over Presented byWith help from Myah WardNOT YET — It feels like we are entering a new stage of the pandemic: an inflection point when we attempt to feel our way through how to restart our old lives in less-than-perfect circumstances. An end to the acute phase of the pandemic seems to be within sight, even as the threat of a variant-driven surge is lurking. For Popescu, a tolerable level, when we can start resuming normal life, would be around three to five new Covid cases a day per 100,000 people. During this new pandemic stage we are entering, people will start making individual judgments about when their pandemic is over. Caplan is worried that vaccinated people may engage in even riskier behaviors before the pandemic is completely under control because they think they are now safe.
‘It is not just about memorizing facts.’ Historians examine how Black History Month was intended to be celebrated
       
But that wasn’t what Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” meant for the time to solely be about when he founded Negro History Week on Feb. 7, 1926. In 1912, he became the second Black American, after W.E.B. But Woodson never wanted the study and commemoration of Black history to be confined to a sliver of time. AdvertisementGivens said Black History Month is a part of a broader set of political strategies that Black people have been engaging in to confront challenges that people in the community face. “I don’t think people really have a definition or understanding of what Black history is … It’s just not a white history with Black faces, right?
Olivia Munn speaks out in wake of violence against Asian Americans
       
Asian American celebrities are speaking out in the wake of recent violent attacks, some against senior citizens in a number of high-profile cases. They're scared about, you know, fear of reprisal,” said Jo-Ann Yoo, the executive director of Asian American Federation. So they're like, ‘Do we have to care about the Asian-American community?’” Munn said. “I'm an Asian American woman. Sam Cheng says his mom’s attack has inspired him to fight for the Asian American community even more.
WNBA approves Montgomery's role in new Dream ownership group
       
The WNBA announced on Jan. 20 the ownership change was close to being completed. Dream players wore “Vote Warnock” T-shirts in support of Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock, who defeated Loeffler in Georgia's Senate runoff. Warnock's victory, along with Jon Ossoff's win in Georgia's other runoff, handed control of the Senate to Democrats. “I want to take this time to thank the WNBA players, particularly the Dream players,” Engelbert said Friday. They served as role models with their advocacy and continue to do that.”Gottesdiener said the Dream players captured his attention and respect.
DOJ Opens the Door to Seeking New Domestic Terror Powers
       
Jim Bourg/ReutersA senior Justice Department official opened the door to seeking new legislative authorities to pursue domestic terrorism, a step the Biden administration has yet to entertain since the January 6 insurrection and something civil libertarians have warned against. The prospect of expanded investigative and prosecutorial tools arose during a Friday briefing with reporters in which multiple Justice Department and FBI officials described an expansive array of authorities already available to them. While there is no domestic terrorism statute, and U.S. officials can not designate a domestic group for sanction like they can a foreign one, one senior official acknowledged that statutory definitions of domestic terrorism “expand a lot of authorities we can use,” such nationwide search warrants, expanded law-enforcement access to tax and educational records, and harsher sentencing. First Capitol Riot Hearing Only Raised More Questions About Jan. 6But on Friday, a senior Justice Department official suggested the administration would consider seeking a domestic-terrorism statute as well. “Obviously that’s going to be a policy question for the folks that are coming in” to the administration, said the senior official.
The terrifying word salad of Donald Trump Jr and Kimberly Guilfoyle at CPAC was surprisingly entertaining
       
But everybody knew the real event to watch tonight, and it was “Reigniting the American Dream”, starring Donald Trump Jr and his indomitable cheerleader Kimberly Guilfoyle. President Trump himself, of course, referred to Black Lives Matter as a “symbol of hate” a few months ago. Self-referential as they come, Kimberly finished off her own speech with the old catchphrase, “Yes! Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the The View from Westminster newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the The View from Westminster newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
How PayPal is actually closing the racial wealth gap
       
Video How PayPal is actually closing the racial wealth gap Black-owned businesses have been some of the worst hit by the pandemic. Now, PayPal is putting its money where its mouth is. In June 2020, in response to the Black Lives Matter protests, the company announced a $535 million commitment to to support minority-owned businesses in the fight against economic inequality. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and EVP of global sales Peggy Alford join host Chris Denson to discuss why this needs to be a movement and not just a moment.
The Wrong Way to Respond to Employee Activism
       
But with employee activism on the rise, leaders need to be wary of mishandling their response. Employee activism is on the rise and we expect it to become a defining feature of the workplace in the coming years. Still, missteps in handling employee activism can be damaging for leaders and companies. The Optimism BubbleWhen we asked the CEO of a large manufacturing organization about his response to growing employee activism, he leaned forward with a puzzled expression on his face. But that can mean insufficiently thought-through reactions to employee activism, in particular over-promising and under-delivering.
Activist Asanni Armon Reminds Us To Show Up For Black Transgender Women
       
It’s the last week of Black History month, fam! Asanni Armon, a transgender activist and founder of the organization For the Gworls sat down with Shaquille Romblay to explain why we have to continue to emphasize that “Black Trans Lives Matter.”“It is not a myth that the majority of Black trans people that are murdered across the spectrum, the vast majority of them are harmed by Black cis people,” Armon told HuffPost. “I think that we cannot have a very honest conversation about Black lives mattering if we cannot talk about the ways that Black cis people harm Black trans people. It is not about talking about Black on Black crime, but it is talking about the ways that cis people do hold power over Black trans people. If Black lives are supposed to matter, then that means all Black lives.
How LeBron James helped Renee Montgomery buy the Atlanta Dream
       
Renee Montgomery, along with two others, officially purchased the Atlanta Dream on Friday — something that couldn’t have been possible without LeBron James and his More Than A Vote campaign. LeBron James helped Montgomery buy Atlanta DreamThe WNBA approved the sale of the Dream to a three-member investor group on Friday. Amid the growing controversy surrounding Loeffler and the Dream, James said that he wanted to put together an ownership group to buy the team. With the help of James and More Than A Vote, Montgomery was able to meet with commissioner Cathy Engelbert to talk about next steps. #Morethananathlete @morethanavote https://t.co/7xddvmG8UU — LeBron James (@KingJames) February 26, 2021More from Yahoo Sports:
Former US. Sen. Kelly Loeffler no longer owns Atlanta Dream after WNBA approves sale
       
Real estate investor Larry Gottesdiener was approved Friday as lead owner of the Atlanta Dream after former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler was pressured to sell her share of the WNBA team. The three-member investor group also includes former Dream guard Renee Montgomery and Suzanne Abair, president of Northland Investment Corp. in Massachusetts, the firm Gottesdiener founded. Montgomery becomes the first former player to become both an owner and executive of a WNBA team. “With the unanimous WNBA and NBA votes, today marks a new beginning for the Atlanta Dream organization and we are very pleased to welcome Larry Gottesdiener and Suzanne Abair to the WNBA,” Engelbert said in a statement. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team.
UCLA gymnasts wears Black excellence message on their sleeves
       
These special leotards are their armor as they fight to spread a message of racial equality during their first Black Excellence meet. The Bruins have four Black gymnasts — Wright, Dennis, junior Margzetta Frazier and freshman Chae Campbell. Comforte, who is in charge of leotard decisions, consulted with all four of UCLA’s Black gymnasts on the design. It’s the largest social media following for any team at UCLA and leads all women’s NCAA teams. Detractors wrote that the team shouldn’t “go political” and asked whether there would be a “white excellence” meet.
CPAC organizers begged attendees to wear masks — and got booed
       
This type of rhetoric might seem absurd to people who take science and public health seriously, but it doesn’t to CPAC attendees. pic.twitter.com/hvoTPLKQ9J — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 26, 2021People could be excused for experiencing some cognitive dissonance. The speakers who came before and after that incident demonstrated that enduring a year-long pandemic hasn’t motivated conservatives to take basic public health practices more seriously. That mentality went on to infuse a reelection campaign in which Trump spread disease and misinformation across the country at rallies that made a mockery of basic public health measures. But even after Trump’s defeat, conservatives’ approach to the coronavirus pandemic remains unchanged.
Lowell official calls for School Committee member’s ouster after anti-Semitic slur on live TV
       
During a live episode of “City Life,” which is broadcast by the Lowell TeleMedia Center, Hoey used the offensive term and then appeared to quickly try to rephrase his statement. A video clip of the statement was posted online Wednesday accompanying a report by The Jewish Journal. “I hate to say it, but that’s what people used to say behind his back. Leahy called the word Hoey used “an offensive and repulsive racial slur,” and said it doesn’t reflect the values of the Lowell school district. “It’s just unbelievable that he refers to this guy using a slur,” Trestan said, pointing out that Hoey used the word while discussing money management, “So he’s connecting this Jewish slur also to anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money.
WNBA's Atlanta Dream Sells Team from Sen. Kelly Loeffler to New Ownership Including Former Player
       
The Atlanta Dream have a new ownership team. Montgomery becomes the first former player to be an owner and executive of a WNBA team. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team. "Ten years ago we stepped up to keep the Dream in Atlanta, as an important asset for a vibrant and diverse city. We will always value the hard work and dedication, and the memories, fans and friendships that sustained our commitment to the Atlanta Dream over the last decade."
Anastasia Beverly Hills Announces $450K Grant to Support and Mentor Black-Owned Businesses
       
Soon, supermodels, fashion magazines and even Oprah Winfrey herself discovered the beauty guru, and her billion-dollar brand Anastasia Beverly Hills was born. On Friday, ABH announced eight recipients of the company's $450,000 Grant Initiative to support and mentor Black-owned small businesses during Black History Month. We decided in that moment to pledge $1 million across organizations for mental health, and social initiatives, and of course, the Black-owned business grant to get funding directly to individuals making a difference." Claudia says there were 854 video submissions in total, so the ABH grant committee went through a "quite a thorough" process to decide the winners. Along with monetary support, the eight recipients were also awarded "direct access" to Anastasia, Claudia and ABH's diverse grant committee.
Atlanta Dream's sale approved, ending ownership of former Sen. Kelly Loeffler
       
Added: 26.02.2021 18:36 | 17 views | 0 commentsThe Republican from Georgia was critical of the WNBA's efforts to draw attention to social justice issues and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Atlanta Dream sold to Renee Montgomery investor group
       
The WNBA has approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream to a three-member ownership group that includes two-time WNBA champion Renee Montgomery. Montgomery will become the first former player to become both an owner and executive of a WNBA team. The Dream franchise has been in turmoil over the past year following Loeffler's critical comments about the Black Lives Matter movement. In an effort to stand up against Loeffler, Dream players openly supported her opponent, Rev. A WNBA spokesperson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized.
How to Make the Most of Resources for Black Business Owners
       
When Malla Haridat heard New York City was launching programs to mentor minority business owners, she almost fell out of her chair. Haridat, a business coach, was on a panel of business owners discussing opportunities for Black business owners. She and her fellow panelists described a range of resources available for Black and minority business owners. The increased focus on the Black business owners and resources devoted to them has created "golden age" for entrepreneurs of color, says Kathey Porter, principal and CEO of Porter Brown Associates, a professional training and consulting firm in Alachua, Florida. "We have to use what they're giving us," she says, referring to legislation and programs to support Black entrepreneurs.
Breland on the Country Vibes of His New Song ‘Cross Country’: ‘This Is Where I Belong’
       
He takes a step even further down that path with the new single “Cross Country,” which doubles as biography and mission statement. “Cross Country” sounds like the closest I’ve heard you come to a straight down-the-middle folk/country ballad. I started throwing around the term “Cross Country” as kind of a sub-genre — a catchall genre that fits at the intersection of country music and other genres of music. I wanted to have a song that could be titled “Cross Country” and come at it from a slightly different perspective. I felt like “Cross Country” could be more of the folky, singer-songwritery, acoustic thing.
The Pandemic Generation: How Organizations Are Supporting Youth and Tackling Social Justice Work
       
For nearly a year, America’s youth have been staring at their screens for virtual learning eight hours a day or more. The Rams have increased their social justice work across several sectors, with an understanding that other mission-based organizations are an asset. Additionally, Netflix committed to donating 2% of its annual revenue, $100 million, to organizations that support the Black community. Sephora’s initiative began with extensive customer and employee surveys, interviews and academic research back in 2019, exemplifying the all-important listening piece of social justice. I ask you again: How will your company fare with a consumer base that values your values over profits?
ACM Awards snubs: Why isn't Dolly Parton an Entertainer of the Year?
       
The nominees for the 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards arrived on Friday, bringing us all a familiar mix of surprises and head-scratching absences. Along with radio performance, sales, streaming and television appearances, the Academy of Country Music defines its Entertainer of the Year by "artistic merit" and "contributions to the country music industry." Did no one in country music entertain us more in 2020 than the legend from East Tennessee? Despite initial balking from radio programmers, the song earned Guyton her first Grammy nomination. Snub: Carrie UnderwoodFor the first time since 2005, Carrie Underwood won't compete for Female Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards.
Kelly Loeffler, Mary Brock Officially Sell Ownership in WNBA's Atlanta Dream
       
Susan Walsh/Associated PressFormer U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler has sold the WNBA's Atlanta Dream following opposition from players across the league—including those on her team. Per an official release, the WNBA approved the Dream's sale from Loeffler and Mary Brock to an investor group led by Larry Gottesdiener, the chairman of real estate firm Northland. Two-time WNBA champion and former Dream star Renee Montgomery is also part of the team's new ownership group, along with Northland president and chief operating officer Suzanne Abair. In August, players on the Dream and across the league wore T-shirts encouraging voters to choose Rev. Loeffler previously stood firm in her refusal to give up her 49 percent stake in the team, which she had co-owned since 2011.
Joy Oladokun's Music Uncovers New Ways Of Looking At The World : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN : NPR
       
Joy Oladokun's Music Uncovers New Ways Of Looking At The WorldEnlarge this image toggle caption Noah Tidmore/Courtesy of the arist Noah Tidmore/Courtesy of the aristSet list "Someone that I Used to Be""Younger Days""Judas""Blink Twice"Joy Oladokun, like all of us, is a work in progress. But when you talk to Joy, it's almost like you can see that growth happening right in front of you. Her latest album, in defense of my own happiness (vol 1), is a collection of personal songs that explore her past relationships and her own patterns of behavior. (which you may have heard on the World Cafe in the months after the Black Lives Matter protests this past summer). Oladokun released in defense of my own happiness (vol 1) in 2020 – and her journey will continue with her upcoming record, in defense of my own happiness (vol 2).
WNBA Team Co-Owned By Ex-Sen. Kelly Loeffler Is Sold After Players' Criticism
       
WNBA Team Co-Owned By Ex-Sen. Kelly Loeffler Is Sold After Players' CriticismEnlarge this image toggle caption Alex Nahorniak-Svenski/NBAE via Getty Images Alex Nahorniak-Svenski/NBAE via Getty ImagesThe WNBA franchise the Atlanta Dream, which had been co-owned by former U.S. Sen. Kelley Loeffler of Georgia, has been sold, the league announced Friday afternoon. "I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team. Current players, many of them Black, for months had publicly criticized Loeffler for her attacks on the Black Lives Matter movement. Prior to the sale being finalized, some of the current Atlanta Dream players openly campaigned for Loeffler's Democratic opponent in her 2020 Georgia senate race, Rev. Englebert issued a statement rebuffing Loeffler, saying the league, its teams and players "will continue to vigorously advocate for social justice."
WNBA's Atlanta Dream has new ownership; ex-U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler forced out
       
Charles OdumAssociated PressAtlanta — Real-estate investor Larry Gottesdiener was approved Friday as the lead owner of the Atlanta Dream following pressure on former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler to sell her share of the WNBA team. The three-member investor group also includes former Dream guard Renee Montgomery and Suzanne Abair, president of Northland Investment Corp. in Massachusetts, the firm Gottesdiener founded. Montgomery becomes the first former player to become both an owner and executive of a WNBA team. It means co-owner Mary Brock also sold her share of the team, which will remain in Atlanta. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team.
With Proud Boys Splintering, Experts Warn Of Radical Offshoots
       
With at least five chapters declaring independence from centralized leadership, experts warn the two trends could be a dangerous combination, The Washington Post reports. Their presence brought harsh scrutiny and several arrests, with prosecutors alleging the Proud Boys had been at the forefront of planning the attack. The Proud Boys were forced to take a step back, denying they had planned the riot and putting a moratorium on any planning or participation in protests. Nevertheless, experts say the riots prove there’s a sizeable and possible growing contingent of people sympathetic to the Proud Boys’ ideology and violent means. In addition to the direct threat that poses, the Proud Boys’ political influence could pull the Republican party further to the right.
Ta-Nehisi Coates tapped to write new Superman movie; J.J. Abrams to produce
       
Acclaimed author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates is going up, up and away in a new medium and with an iconic superhero. Warner Bros. announced Friday that Coates has been tapped to write a new Superman film produced by J.J. Abrams. Other Superman actors include the late Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Brandon Routh and Tyler Hoechlin, who currently plays the character on CW's new "Superman & Lois" TV series. “There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told,” Abrams said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen.”Contributing: Associated Press
Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece Meena models for Prada
       
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Make room, Ella Emhoff: There’s another style star in the second family. Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece, Meena Harris, struck a pose for Prada from home ahead of the brand’s Fall 2021 show during Milan Fashion Week. In an Instagram video posted Thursday, the 36-year-old lawyer turned her living room into a runway, striking playful poses in an all-black ensemble from the brand and toting Prada’s leather Cleo bag ($2,600). Fans couldn’t get enough of the couch-side fashion presentation, with one commenting, “Never seen such a cool runway show,” and another adding, “It was the fast twerk for me.”As the founder of Phenomenal — a charitable lifestyle label loved by stars including Lizzo and Jessica Alba — Harris is no stranger to the fashion world. Following the election, Meena was reportedly told not to use her aunt’s name or likeness to build her brand.
Florida city where Trayvon Martin died seeks racial injustice reform days before his ninth death anniversary
       
The 15-member "Race, Equality, Equity and Inclusion" group will be made up of residents, people who work in Sanford and business owners, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The 125-year-old city has a history of racial tensions, with weeks of protests erupting following Martin’s death. Today, two of the city’s commissioners, the police chief and city manager are Black. The city will provide the committee with up to $35,000 to pay for technical assistance, conducting surveys and other costs. The group will work with the National League of Cities’ Race, Equity and Leadership program, and the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College, the newspaper reported.
How Trump has shaken Gen Z and millennial faith in democracy
       
While a majority of Americans wanted to see Trump impeached and convicted, millennials and members of Generation Z were the driving force behind those numbers. An early February Morning Consult + Politico National Tracking Poll found that 64 percent of millennials and 59 percent of Gen Zers wanted to see Trump convicted. Those levels of support for conviction were higher than among their elders in Gen X (51 percent) and baby boomers (49 percent). In advance of Trump’s second impeachment, younger voters were more focused on accountability for the former president than Republicans writ large. Among the policies that are top of mind for these young voters: student debt, immigration reform, voting rights and questions of gender and racial equity.
Myanmar's UN envoy dramatically opposes coup in his country
       
Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesDonald Trump lost the 2020 election, but his populist ideas may continue to animate the Republican Party. We call it “polished populism.” Populism is folk-politics based on the premise that ordinary citizens are wiser and more virtuous than supposedly corrupt and self-serving elites. Some Republicans are now arguing for a rejection of populism and a return to traditional conservatism. While traditional conservatism has not vanished from the GOP, populist perceptions dominate the new working-class foundations of the party. The base of the Republican Party has shifted from more wealthy and educated Americans to voters without college degrees.
Atlanta Dream sold to investor group with Mass. ties, ending Kelly Loeffler’s ownership in WNBA
       
The WNBA unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream to a three-team investor group headlined by Larry Gottesdiener and former Dream star Renee Montgomery, ending the controversial tenure of former franchise co-owner and former U.S. Advertisement“It is a privilege to join a team of inspiring women who strive for excellence on the court and equity off the court,” said Gottesdiener. She retired this month after an 11-year career and is set to become the first former player to be an owner and executive of a WNBA franchise. “We are proud of what we accomplished and wish the team well in their next chapter,” Loeffler and Brock said. “We will always value the hard work and dedication, and the memories, fans and friendships that sustained our commitment to the Atlanta Dream over the last decade.”
Ex-WNBA player Renee Montgomery buys Atlanta Dream from Kelly Loeffler
       
Former United States Senator Kelly Loeffler's tumultuous tenure as a WNBA team co-owner has ended as retired league star Renee Montgomery and other investors have been approved to buy the Atlanta Dream. In addition to Loeffler, Dream co-owner Mary Brock is also selling her shares. Former United States Senator Kelly Loeffler's tumultuous tenure as a WNBA team co-owner has ended as retired league star Renee Montgomery (left) and other investors have been approved to buy the Atlanta Dream. The Atlanta Dream was not the only WNBA team to come out in support of Raphael Warnock. In 2008, businessman Ron Terwilliger reportedly paid $10 million to buy into the league and start the expansion Atlanta Dream.
WNBA team owner out after Black Lives Matter clash
       
Montgomery becomes the first former player to become both an owner and executive of a WNBA team. "With the unanimous WNBA and NBA votes, today marks a new beginning for the Atlanta Dream organization and we are very pleased to welcome Larry Gottesdiener and Suzanne Abair to the WNBA," WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team. Players around the WNBA called for called for Loeffler to sell her 49 percent share in the Dream in July after she wrote to Engelbert to object to WNBA initiatives to support the Black Lives Matter movement and advocate for racial justice. Dream players actively campaigned against Loeffler during the Senate run-off election in Georgia, pointedly wearing "Vote Warnock" T-shirts before a game against Phoenix in August.
U.S. diplomat openly calls for Christian nation-states, rails against Jews
       
According to a directory viewed by POLITICO, Berggren is currently assigned to a State Department unit that handles special immigrant visas for Afghans. Asked about Berggren, a spokesperson for the State Department declined to say whether his remarks had led to internal disciplinary measures of any kind. “We will not comment on internal personnel matters beyond saying that these are personal views and do not represent those of the State Department,” the spokesperson said. POLITICO found no examples of Berggren identifying himself as a State Department official in his online commentary. “The revival of Christian nation-states is required for the advancement of Truth,” he writes in one section of his Blood and Faith site.
Kelly Loeffler’s tenure with Atlanta Dream over, franchise sold to real estate investor
       
I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team. “I would like to express my gratitude to Commissioner Engelbert, (NBA) Commissioner (Adam) Silver, and the WNBA and NBA Boards of Governors for the opportunity.”Larry Gottesdiener, the majority owner of the Atlanta Dream. Credit: Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Dream Credit: Photo courtesy of the Atlanta DreamMontgomery, a two-time WNBA champion, will be the first former player to become both an owner and executive of a WNBA team. I invite you to join me as the Dream builds momentum in Atlanta.”A WNBA representative told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in January: “As it relates to the Atlanta Dream, we understand a sale of the franchise is close to being finalized. “Ten years ago we stepped up to keep the Dream in Atlanta, as an important asset for a vibrant and diverse city.
Reckoning With a Year of Shared Isolation, Pandemic, and Protest
       
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! But the pandemic has also agitated the Sorelian right, which dreams of nothing less than the end of liberal democracy. The competition between these two movements, between two different types of solidarity created by isolation, will define post-pandemic politics.
Shocking reversal: McConnell says he’d back Trump for president in 2024
       
After saying Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell now says he would back Trump for president if he was the 2024 Republican nominee. | Susan Walsh / APIn a shocking reversal, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he would “absolutely” back Donald Trump for president in 2024 if he is the Republican nominee. Denial of the reality of the white supremacist Trumpite insurrection is surfacing in Republican circles all over the country. Trump immediately attacked McConnell that day, calling him a “dour, sullen unsmiling political hack.”Even a clock as broken as Trump calls it correctly every so often. The Fox interviewer, Brett Baier, pressed McConnell on the reasons for his reversal.
What companies can do to speed up board diversity
       
Some promising developments suggest greater board diversity could actually happen. Investment companies BlackRock and State Street are asking companies they invest in to report their board diversity and improve it. The diversity of a company’s board is important for a number of reasons. Companies often point to the fact that they can add diverse candidates only when board seats open up. Then there’s the pipeline problem: Companies often look for CEOs and former CEOs to fill board seats.
Bias, disrespect, and demotions: Black employees say Amazon has a race problem
       
Black employees receive “least effective” marks more often than all other colleagues and are promoted at a lower rate than non-Black peers. “That’s the antithesis of what you would say about anything at Amazon,” a current Amazon diversity manager told Recode. And for Kelly-Rae, down-leveling wasn’t just something she observed happening to other Black Amazon employees. Several former Black employees pointed to these principles as possible tools for discrimination, and said they could provide cover for some managers to use them against Black employees. Similarly, only 14.5 percent of Black employees were given a “top-tier” rating in AWS that year, compared to 21.8 percent of white employees.
WNBA approves sale of Atlanta Dream months after Kelly Loeffler controversy
       
The WNBA approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream from former Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Mary Brock to a three-person ownership group that includes former player Renee Montgomery. The sale comes months after Dream and other WNBA players spoke out against Loeffler after the former Republican lawmaker chided the league over its support for social justice causes. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM"With the unanimous WNBA and NBA votes, today marks a new beginning for the Atlanta Dream organization and we are very pleased to welcome Larry Gottesdiener and Suzanne Abair to the WNBA," WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. FLASHBACK: SEN. KELLY LOEFFLER, CO-OWNER OF ATLANTA DREAM, OBJECTS TO WNBA'S SOCIAL JUSTICE PLANS"My Dream has come true," Montgomery said. We will always value the hard work and dedication, and the memories, fans and friendships that sustained our commitment to the Atlanta Dream over the last decade," they said.
WNBA approves sale of Dream following pressure on Loeffler
       
ATLANTA (AP) — Real estate investor Larry Gottesdiener was approved Friday as the lead owner of the Atlanta Dream following pressure on former Sen. Kelly Loeffler to sell her share of the WNBA team. The three-member investor group also includes former Dream guard Renee Montgomery and Suzanne Abair, president of Northland Investment Corp. in Massachusetts, the firm Gottesdiener founded. Montgomery becomes the first former player to become both an owner and executive of a WNBA team. “With the unanimous WNBA and NBA votes, today marks a new beginning for the Atlanta Dream organization and we are very pleased to welcome Larry Gottesdiener and Suzanne Abair to the WNBA,” Engelbert said in a statement. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team.
Renee Montgomery becomes first former WNBA player to co-own a team
       
ATLANTA — Real estate investor Larry Gottesdiener was approved Friday as the lead owner of the Atlanta Dream following pressure on former Sen. Kelly Loeffler to sell her share of the WNBA team. The three-member investor group also includes former Dream guard Renee Montgomery and Suzanne Abair, president of Northland Investment Corp. in Massachusetts, the firm Gottesdiener founded. Montgomery becomes the first former player to become both an owner and executive of a WNBA team. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team. “Breaking barriers for minorities and women by being the first former WNBA player to have both a stake in ownership and a leadership role with the team is an opportunity that I take very seriously,” Montgomery said.
WNBA approves sale of Dream following pressure on Loeffler
       
ATLANTA - (AP) -- Real estate investor Larry Gottesdiener was approved Friday as the lead owner of the Atlanta Dream following pressure on former Sen. Kelly Loeffler to sell her share of the WNBA team. The three-member investor group also includes former Dream guard Renee Montgomery and Suzanne Abair, president of Northland Investment Corp. in Massachusetts, the firm Gottesdiener founded. Montgomery becomes the first former player to become both an owner and executive of a WNBA team. “With the unanimous WNBA and NBA votes, today marks a new beginning for the Atlanta Dream organization and we are very pleased to welcome Larry Gottesdiener and Suzanne Abair to the WNBA,” Engelbert said in a statement. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team.
Lewis Hamilton gives us no fear, say Ferrari's Leclerc and Sainz
       
The Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz insisted on Friday they have no fear of taking on the seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton. The 26-year-old Spaniard has six years in F1 and is equally eager for the chance to mix it with Hamilton. “I see a Mercedes and I want to fight that Mercedes as much as I want to fight anyone else,” he said. It’s a matter of mentality, team mentality, drivers’ mentality and, as team principal, I am fully aware of the responsibility I have being part of such a team.”Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Mercedes will launch their new car next week and on Friday Hamilton reiterated his determination to make a difference.
Sale of WNBA's Atlanta Dream approved, ending ownership of former Sen. Kelly Loeffler
       
The WNBA and NBA approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream, officials said Friday, ending the contentious ownership of former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler. The boards of the WNBA and NBA "have unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream" to an investor group led by Northland real estate Chairman Larry Gottesdiener, company COO Suzanne Abair and former Dream star Renee Montgomery, according to league officials. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team. When Loeffler publicly bucked protests, Dream and other WNBA players saw an opening to make their voices heard, especially at the ballot box. We will always value the hard work and dedication, and the memories, fans and friendships that sustained our commitment to the Atlanta Dream over the last decade.”
WNBA's Atlanta Dream officially sold: Renee Montgomery an owner, Kelly Loeffler gone
       
The WNBA and NBA Board of Governors have unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream to a three-member investor group, the team announced Friday. Investors include chairman of real estate group Northland, Larry Gottesdiener, Northland President and CEO Suzzane Abair, and former Dream star Renee Montgomery. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) is no longer an owner. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team. Montgomery becomes the first former player to be an owner and an executive of a WNBA team“My Dream has come true,” said Renee Montgomery.
Kelly Loeffler sells stake in WNBA team after clashing with players over Black Lives Matter
       
“It is our hope that no one will ever again attempt to use the players for individual political gain or favor. After the WNBA pledged support of Black Lives Matter, Loeffler wrote an open letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert denouncing the move as divisive. ADADPlayers roundly rejected the letter and called for Loeffler to leave the WNBA, with the players’ union tweeting in all caps: “E-N-O-U-G-H! O-U-T!” With no commitment from the league to force her out, players turned their attention to removing Loeffler from office. AD“I loved the ability, first of all, to be part of a team,” Loeffler said in an interview last summer.
Opinion | America is becoming more imperial than many empires were. That’s a mistake.
       
Even the White House was relatively accessible, as it had always been designed to be. Over the same period, ugly barricades were thrown up around the White House, with parts of Pennsylvania Avenue blocked off. Since the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, even more barriers went up around the White House. The United States’ diplomatic outposts used to be handsome buildings in the center of cities where people could meet and events were held. The United States has more of an imperial apparatus than many actual empires did.
The Ballroom Scene Has Long Offered Radical Freedoms For Black and Brown Queer People. Today, That Matters More Than Ever
       
Amid what has been called a new golden age for Black culture and storytelling, a particular “Renaissance” in queer Black art and cultural representation is clear. In the quest for Black freedom, these community leaders decided queer folk did not deserve representation. Alongside the Black Freedom Movement, ballroom soon spread across the U.S., continuing to confront systems of oppressions and demanding more freedoms. This Black History Month, we cannot celebrate voguing without celebrating the ingenuity of Black trans women, sex workers, and incarcerated people. Ballroom has been courageous in daring to ask the question: in this moment of Black Lives Matter, which Black lives matter most?
WNBA's Atlanta Dream sale approved, ending ownership of former Sen. Kelly Loeffler
       
The WNBA and NBA approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream, officials said Friday, ending the contentious ownership of former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler. The boards of the WNBA and NBA "have unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream" to an investor group led by Northland real estate Chairman Larry Gottesdiener, company COO Suzanne Abair and former Dream star Renee Montgomery, it was announced. “With the unanimous WNBA and NBA votes, today marks a new beginning for the Atlanta Dream organization and we are very pleased to welcome Larry Gottesdiener and Suzanne Abair to the WNBA,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team. Renee is a trailblazer who has made a major impact both in the game and beyond.”This is a developing story, please refresh here for updates.
Renee Montgomery part of ownership group buying Dream from former Sen. Kelly Loeffler
       
The Atlanta Dream is changing ownership hands, putting an end to more than a year's worth of controversy under its former co-owner, ex-Senator Kelly Loeffler. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team. “My Dream has come true,” Montgomery, who joined the Dream ahead of the 2018 season, said in a statement. Dream sale ends Loeffler affiliationThe team was previously owned by Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler, the former U.S. We will always value the hard work and dedication, and the memories, fans and friendships that sustained our commitment to the Atlanta Dream over the last decade."
These alleged antigovernment extremists emerged in North Texas months before the Capitol riot
       
Dunn’s case provides insight into the loose-knit and decentralized boogaloo movement, which coalesced online in chat groups of those with shared libertarian values. “The boogaloo movement is much like the pre-Trump militia movement minus the specific New World Order conspiracy stuff,” he said. Philip Russell Archibald, 29, of Lancaster, is also linked to the boogaloo boys, court records show. It’s an effective tactic.” He included a photo of riot police “covered in paint splatter,” court records say. The Boogaloo Boys kneel on the steps of the Capitol Building on October 17, 2020 during a rally in Lansing, Michigan.
WNBA announces sale of Atlanta Dream from ex-senator Kelly Loeffler
       
The WNBA and the NBA’s board of governors unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream on Friday, ending defeated Republican senator Kelly Loeffler’s tumultuous stint as a WNBA owner. “With the unanimous WNBA and NBA votes, today marks a new beginning for the Atlanta Dream organization and we are very pleased to welcome Larry Gottesdiener and Suzanne Abair to the WNBA,” league commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team. When calls by the WNBA players’ union for the CEO-turned-lawmaker to sell her shares of the team went unanswered, WNBA players started to endorse and campaign for her opponent, Democrat Raphael Warnock, who defeated Loeffler in Georgia’s runoff election on 5 January. “It is time for the women of the Atlanta Dream and their fans to have an opportunity to heal and move forward.
Bennie Edwards: Oklahoma officer charged in Black man’s fatal shooting
       
A police officer accused of fatally shooting a fleeing black man armed three times in the back outside a shop in Oklahoma City has been charged with first-degree manslaughter. Officers found Edwards holding a knife and refused commands from officers to drop it, according to an affidavit by homicide Detective Bryn Carter. After using a Taser and pepper spray on Edwards, Holman “fired three shots unnecessarily at Mr Edwards as he was running away striking him in his upper middle back causing his death,” Detective Carter added. Any loss of human life is tragic, and I take these decisions very seriously.”Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Oklahoma officer charged in black man's fatal shooting
       
A white Oklahoma City police officer accused of fatally shooting a fleeing black man armed with a knife three times in the back was charged on Thursday with first-degree manslaughter. Holman, 36, responded to a call on December 11 about a homeless black man who was harassing customers at a pawn shop in north Oklahoma City, according to an affidavit by homicide Detective Bryn Carter. The affidavit states that Edwards charged at one of the officers with the knife in his hand before fleeing. Oklahoma City police Sgt. And last year, Prater charged Chance Avery, a corporal with The Village Police Department, with first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a man wielding a baseball bat.
Same Republicans peeling back rights of Black voters want them treated as gangs when they protest
       
"A lie cloaked in the seductive appeal of election integrity has weakened access to democracy for millions by promoting voter suppression," Abrams told lawmakers. The other would ban anyone other than a voter’s immediate family or caregivers from turning in a mail-in ballot for that voter. Since November 2006, 26 states have actually enacted laws or executive orders peeling back the rights of protesters, according to a tracker from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. Many of those states also have legislative aims to restrict voting rights. Protesters fought the measure and more than 50 more restrictive voting-related bills Republicans are trying to push through the Georgia General Assembly.
The National Security State Doesn’t Protect Us. Let’s Redefine Security for All.
       
And when it isn’t ignoring them, the national security state co-opts these threats rather than relinquish power to other arms of government. Fear the Neighbors and Feed the Security StateThe national security state reaches inside the United States, too, with its own mythology to justify its continued growth. Instead of solving our problems, the national security state co-opts them for more resources and power. In a vicious cycle, this fact continues to draw even more resources into the national security state — resources which are often misused. But here too, the national security state adopts the problem by calling for new domestic terrorism laws and more enforcement — another expansion of the national security state.
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg says company will “depoliticize” its News Feed
       
In a fourth quarter financial earnings call with investors on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the social media platform was preparing to implement measures to permanently depoliticize the Facebook News Feed of billions of users around the world each day. After reporting that Facebook has 2.6 billion daily active users and 200 million business users, he went on to review “communities” on the platform. On January 23, the WSWS reported that Facebook had targeted left-wing and socialist pages, groups and users and deleted their accounts with no explanation. The campaign won widespread support internationally and forced Facebook to restore the IYSSE page and administrator accounts. In its report on Zuckerberg’s comments, Politico refers to the impact of the Facebook depoliticization policy on “grassroots” movements that have relied on the platform to win supporters.
Immunization not ammunition: school safety means fewer guns
       
Despite the substantial educational and practical advantages of having children back at school, a slight majority believe that vaccination should be a prerequisite. Not that long ago, notions of school safety had a very different meaning. This month, the Los Angeles School Board voted unanimously to eliminate one-third of its school police positions, replacing them with climate coaches. Armed teachers are not the solutionActually, the firearms-for-faculty idea is not very new. Sure, once teachers, administrators and other school employees are properly prepared—with immunization, not ammunition.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan reveals why he took a knee with BLM protesters
       
The incidents during the summer — I took a knee with people who were willing to not fight police but to embrace change and come together.”“And that’s what this is all about,” he added. This is our home.”Outgoing NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan hugs a demonstrator during the protests against the death of George Floyd. Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Monahan for defusing “a very tense situation in Washington Square Park.”“I know him,” Hizzoner said at the time. (From left) NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan, Commissioner Dermot Shea, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker hold a press conference. Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison will be the new chief of department.
The Britney Spears effect: Is Justin Timberlake's Janet Jackson apology too little too late?
       
Suddenly, everyone wants to apologize to Britney Spears. Sarah Silverman speaks at length about her & Britney Spears at the 2007 VMAs on her new podcast episode and ends it by apologizing to Britney. Obviously, there's a difference between the way Britney Spears and Janet Jackson were treated and institutionalized, state-sanctioned violence. Obviously, there's a difference between the way Britney Spears and Janet Jackson were treated and institutionalized, state-sanctioned racism, discrimination and violence. Britney Spears has yet to offer official forgiveness directly, but her inner circle seems to appreciate the change of tide.
It's time to rethink Black History Month
       
This year, more than ever, we should think about the purpose Black History Month serves. That would seem to indicate that it is time to rethink the mission of Black History Month and focus on the current issues that impact the everyday lives of African Americans. Black History Month and its predecessor, Negro History Week, served an invaluable purpose at the time of their inception decades ago. But times have changed, and the goal of Black History Month needs to come into sync with where African Americans are today. Black History Month should be a tool to weave the two together and provide a platform for fighting against the things that continue to get in our way.
Man who threatened to blow up NHS hospitals in extortion plot is convicted by court in Berlin
       
An Italian living in Berlin has been convicted of extortion after sending bomb threats to the NHS at the height of the pandemic, demanding £10 million in Bitcoins. Following a ten week trial in Berlin he was convicted of extortion offences and convicted to three years in prison. Apreda had claimed to be a member of Combat 18, an extreme right wing group, which is active in Germany and the United States. While not outlawed in the UK, the group has been linked with other banned right wing extremist organisations. During the investigation it was concluded that Apreda was actually using Combat 18 as a front to pursue extortion against the NHS.
Ted Cruz mocks AOC over Capitol attack fears in grievance-filled CPAC speech
       
Democrats have sought to “turn the Capitol into a military outpost in Baghdad,” he said. “This is just dumb.”Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeMore than 41,000 people in Texas have died from the disease, and confirmed infections in the state have topped 2.2 million. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are also travelling to Texas on Friday to a Houston food bank and emergency centre.
His rescue at a London protest inspired Michelle Obama and Prince Harry. Now, Patrick Hutchinson is turning his moment into a movement
       
(CNN) It was a moment caught on camera -- a heroic act that thrust Patrick Hutchinson, a London father and grandfather, into the limelight. Last summer, when he rescued a man at a London protest that had turned violent, Hutchinson unwittingly stepped onto the world stage. It wasn't something Hutchinson, now 50, had planned -- but now he is using the newfound fame for good. "The idea was to stop any of these young protesters from doing anything that they're going to regret later on," Hutchinson said. "When you're Black, especially, and you end up in front of the criminal justice system, you don't always get a fair shout."
Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris lead 2021 ACM Awards nominations; Black artists, women make history
       
"Starting Over" may lead country music powerhouse Chris Stapleton down a familiar path: Award season dominance. With six nods each, Stapleton and “The Bones'' hitmaker Maren Morris lead nominations for the 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, set for April 18 in Nashville. Behind his 2020 record “Starting Over,” Stapleton enters top categories including Entertainer, Male Artist, Song and Album of the Year. Four Black artists — Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton, Jimmie Allen and John Legend — earned nominations, the most in ACMs history. And despite shutting out women from Entertainer of the Year, ACM voters agreed women dominated single releases in 2020.
Vijay Iyer And A New Trio Reflect On The 'Uneasy' Past And Present
       
His previous trio album, Break Stuff — featuring a longstanding unit with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore —was one of the most heralded albums of 2015. Vijay Iyer: As you know, I've played with Tyshawn for 20 years, over many incarnations, many different projects and collaborations: very spontaneous things, very planned things. And on this album, I hear that history you have together — but there's also a trio language that you've developed as a composer-bandleader. She made this debut trio album that was a unique format of trumpet, bass and drums. For me, the trio is a space to recast things — and always has been, even when it's my own material.
Essential California: How life is changing for some of the fully vaccinated
       
What’s first on your agenda when you’re fully vaccinated and feel more comfortable reentering the world? How life is changing for some of the fully vaccinated” in the Los Angeles Times]But not everyone plans to be a bit more lax in their outings. Fully vaccinated people can socialize safely, said Dr. Robert Wachter, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco. And now, here’s what’s happening across California:I’m fully vaccinated. Los Angeles TimesSupport our journalism Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times.
Black History Month: The past, present and future of Columbus' Black communities
       
The Columbus DispatchAfter months of societal upheaval caused by the pandemic and reckonings around race, inequity and justice, telling the stories of Black Americans has never been more important. This Black History Month, The Columbus Dispatch, with the help of the entire USA TODAY Network, is committed to reflecting on what's come before, where things stand today and how the future is shaping up. America and its 330 million people, including nearly 43 million Black Americans, are at a critical in?ection point. That's in addition to continued examination of the barriers faced by Black business owners. More:Lane Bryant taps Columbus artist April Sunami to design T-shirt for Black History MonthOther storiesHear pieces of Black history: Chamber Music Columbus puts together virtual lineup for Black History MonthLocal events:Columbus City Council celebrates Black History Month honoring local Black leadersHistoric site:Location of former Poindexter Village public housing in Columbus might be designated as an Ohio historic siteWorkshops offered:Ohio Council of Churches program aims to help people recognize white privilege, stem racism
Soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic says LeBron James should stop getting involved in politics and stick to basketball
       
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says LeBron James should stop talking politics and stick to basketball. "Stay out of it, do what you're best at because it doesn't look good," the AC Milan striker said. Soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken aim at NBA star LeBron James by saying he should stop getting involved in politics and stick to playing basketball. Stay out of it, do what you're best at because it doesn't look good." Ronaldo scored 352 goals during his club career while representing FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid, amongst others.
As fractures emerge among Proud Boys, experts warn of a shift toward extremist violence
       
“We’re seeing a shift back to what the Proud Boys have been practicing for a long time.”ADADFederal investigators have accused the Proud Boys of leading the charge during the assault on the Capitol. The Proud Boys have since instituted a moratorium on participating in or organizing protests. Tarrio has denied that the Proud Boys organized violence at the Capitol. The Alabama Proud Boys, the Oklahoma Proud Boys, the Missouri Proud Boys and the Las Vegas Proud Boys have since disaffiliated and denounced the national group. More than 700 Proud Boys attended a December presidential-election protest in D.C. that devolved into violence after dark.
A culture war has been brewing at the Capitol for years. Now it's at a boiling point.
       
Contentious issues brewing for months, and even years, between political parties and lawmakers now seem to be at a boiling point on Capitol Hill. Greene has been a particular cracking point on Capitol Hill over the tolerance of conspiracy theories and the rhetoric that often accompanies them. Bush requested to move her Washington office away from Greene, saying the Georgia Republican "berated" her in the Capitol over a mask altercation. Some Republican lawmakers insist they don't need masks anymore because they already had COVID, falsely stating it is impossible to get it again. Lawmakers who voiced support for the Black Lives Matter protests have been criticized by their Republican lawmakers.
Rachael Kirkconnell’s Mom Addresses ‘Bachelor’ Controversy
       
Rachael Kirkconnell’s mother, Kim Kirkconnell, spoke out in support of her daughter after the Bachelor contestant came under fire earlier this year for racially insensitive actions. “No one should have to go through what she has been through,” Kim told The Sun on Thursday, February 25. The Bachelor Nation host, 49, later announced he would be stepping back from the franchise following his controversial statements on the topic. This was about finding love with Matt.”The protective mom’s comments came three days after the Bachelor spoke out about Harrison’s controversial interview with Rachel Lindsay in support of Rachael in early February. “While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf,” Harrison said.
The 40 Best Movies on Netflix You Probably Haven’t Seen
       
There’s not a bad movie in here, and we’re willing to bet there are at least a few you haven’t seen. (And for our main list of the 100 best movies on Netflix, click here.) However, his best film remains this 2015 gem, a piece that recalls Dario Argento but also feels very much like the singular voice of an emerging young talent. Blue JayOn paper, this delicate character drama probably sounds like a movie you’ve seen dozens of times before (or hundreds if you go to Sundance). Long before he directed Netflix originals like The Meyerowitz Stories and Marriage Story.
Adam Curtis Wants You To Imagine Another World
       
They have to prove to us they’re engaged again in the real world. Is there any country right now, world power or otherwise, that seems to offer a path forward or an alternative vision of the future? But outside, in the real world, this strange thing is growing. If you look at the last four years, it’s done nothing in the real world. They really don’t.
‘Waving the bloody shirt’: Conservatives resort to a time-worn tactic to gaslight the public
       
This is where the phrase “waving the bloody shirt” originates, as explained by Budiansky in his terrific history, The Bloody Shirt. But while Butler did deliver such a speech, at no time did he ever wave any bloody shirt in the House. The bloody shirt captured the inversion of truth that would characterize the distorted memories of Reconstruction that the nation would hold for generations after. O’Reilly was a past master of whistling a version of the “bloody shirt” tune. It’s how the “waving the bloody shirt” retort has always, always worked: turn reality on its head, reverse the victims and the perpetrators, then feign outrage.
The settler-colonial states are sealing their own demise
       
Yet all of these extreme acts of brutality and repression reflect the peril that imperialism and colonialism find themselves in. The intensifying colonial instruments of surveillance and repression exist because of the heightening of global class and anti-colonial conflict. The U.S. national security state has been Israelified, with quasi-Israeli military police having gotten directly involved in the police suppression of protest movements within the country throughout the last decade. Israel's tribes increasingly lead separate lives; even the army, once a great melting-pot, is now a political and cultural battleground. Faced with these mirrored threats from within, the settler-colonial states are turning to a technocratic censorship and repressive paradigm as the solution that they hope will preserve their cracking social cohesion.
Republicans Think Commission to Investigate January 6 Needs More Republicans
       
Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) began forming a commission that would investigate the Capitol breach fueled by former President Donald Trump on January 6. The commission’s formation is at a standstill, however, as Republicans are insisting that they get equal representation on the committee. Though the commission hasn’t yet been formally formed, Pelosi has reportedly proposed that Democrats will choose seven of its seats while Republicans will choose four. The Republicans’ argument is that bipartisanship helped the 9/11 Commission, after which this panel is based, achieve success. One-hundred-forty-seven Republicans voted to overturn the election results when Congress reconvened after the coup attempt that took multiple lives.
Chief: Police heeded Capitol attack warnings but overwhelmed
       
However, she denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection. Even if it had reached the top officials, Pittman argued, Capitol Police wouldn’t have done anything differently. Before she was named acting police chief — Sund, the former chief, resigned after the riot — Pittman was the assistant chief in charge of intelligence operations. The police force is overseen by a separate body — the Capitol Police Board — which includes the sergeants at arms of both houses. In her testimony, Pittman denied that race played a role in the failure to heed warning signs.
Nolan Out Loud: Equity vs. equality
       
There's a difference between the civil rights movement and today's social justice movement, explains Patrice Onwuka on today's editorial page. Social justice advocates want equity, guaranteed outcomes for everyone regardless of individual merit. Onwuka, of the Independent Women's Forum, predicts Black Lives Matter and other social justice groups won't achieve the success of their civil rights forebears. Potato Head, and Mrs. Twitter: @NolanFinleyDNSign up for the Nolan Out Loud morning report at detroitnews.com/newsletters
Proud Boys leader says he condemns members who destroyed property in Capitol riot
       
Proud Boy leader Enrique Tarrio condemned insurrectionist who stormed and destroyed the Capitol but relished in members of the government 'fearing the people.' I don't think he should have done that,' Tarrio said of Dominic Pezzola, who broke a window at the Capitol. Enrique Tarrio, the high-profile leader of the Proud Boys Enrique Tarrio is a high-profile figure who organizes and leads the right-wing Proud Boys. The Proud Boys, founded in 2016, began as a group protesting political correctness and perceived constraints on masculinity. In November and December, Tarrio led the Proud Boys through the streets of D.C. after Trump´s loss.
John James: School closures perpetuate 'most racially divided educational system' since Jim Crow era
       
School closures due to the coronavirus pandemic are going to "set an entire generation back," former Michigan U.S. Senate candidate John James warned on "Fox News Primetime" Thursday. "I believe that right now this is not a matter of Democrat or Republican," James told host Katie Pavlich. "This is something that is is a basic civil right that's being violated, not just of Black children, of all children, but Black children are disproportionately negatively affected. In fact, our state had to settle with former students who believe and I agree, that literacy is a basic civil right. I believe that a quality education means a basic civil right and anyone who stands in the way of that should be held accountable."
TIAA is the first company in Fortune 500 history to have two Black CEOs in a row
       
Duckett will succeed Roger W. Ferguson Jr., one of just four current Black CEOs in the Fortune 500, who had previously announced his retirement. ADThe handoff from one Black CEO to another within the Fortune 500 is a notable first that may finally signal the market is recognizing the number of experienced Black executives who have run operational business units of their own. But because Kaiser is not a Fortune 500 corporation, TIAA’s succession “is the only Black CEO to Black CEO transition of this magnitude of which we are aware,” a spokeswoman said in an email. ADADIn February, an analysis by Fortune found that just 19 of the 1,800 CEOs that have led Fortune 500 companies since 1955, when the list was first published, have been Black. TIAA is now part of the Fortune 500 list.
Phone Records Prove House Sergeant-at-Arms DID Ignore Pleas for Backup: Capitol Police Chief
       
Not gonna fly.”Wednesday’s hearing was the second time in DeJoy’s short tenure that he has been subjected to a high-profile grilling in the House Oversight Committee. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), a member of the Oversight panel, was a 29-year veteran of the USPS before she came to Congress. “We must acknowledge that during this peak season we fell far short of meeting our service goals,” he said. Though the postmaster general has not revealed specifics, he testified on Wednesday that he will propose cuts to delivery standards, including the standard that local mail be delivered within two days. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Top 25 protest songs of all time including ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ and ‘Strange Fruit’
       
Here, in chronological order, is our list of the greatest protest and civil rights songs in history. Simone's deep, raspy, forceful voice made her a unique figure in jazz and later helped define the civil rights movement. (AP Photo) ASSOCIATED PRESSThe family gospel group went from singing in church to providing the soundtrack to the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Their slate of “freedom songs” began with “Freedom Highway.”“Yes, we want peace, if it can be found,” Mavis Staples sang. The award is for... Aretha Franklin poses with her Grammy Award at the 17th Annual Grammy Award presentation in New York on March 3, 1975.
Bust of Black hero of Lewis & Clark trip goes up in Portland
       
A bust of York, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, is seen on Mount Tabor in southeast Portland, Ore., on Sunday Feb. 21, 2021. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)A bust of York, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, is seen on Mount Tabor in southeast Portland, Ore., on Sunday Feb. 21, 2021. Now, one of the first works of art to emerge in their place depicts an unsung hero of the Lewis and Clark expedition. “The story of York is really compelling and very sad.”Passersby stare up at the bust or touch the tall stone pedestal. In the epic expedition, York had gone on scouting missions, had hunted buffalo and deer to feed the group and helped tend to the sick.
BLM launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait
       
FILE - In this July 13, 2020, file photo, a black lives matter mural is visible in the Shaw neighborhood in Washington. The BLM foundation has already begun asking recipients to apply for the Survival Fund grants as it builds out its philanthropic arm. One Survival Fund recipient, Kusema Thomas, said he has been earning $1,500 less in monthly income since the start of the pandemic. Thomas, who was also formerly incarcerated, said that when he was asked to apply for BLM’s Survival Fund, he thought he was being pranked. Cullors said the Survival Fund is a tribute to that legacy.
“We Must Change Our Culture”: The New York Times Plans “Sweeping” Reforms After Diversity Report
       
The note, written by publisher A.G. Sulzberger, chief executive Meredith Kopit Levien, and executive editor Dean Baquet, was sent to employees as an introduction to the report. “For over a century and a half, The New York Times has succeeded in part by recognizing when it needed to change,” they wrote. “This is such a moment.”The Times’ leadership likened the planned changes on the diversity front to the Times’ recent transformation from print era-traditions into a digital-first newsroom, so as to indicate the fundamental shifts in store. The Times needs to devote more “attention to building a more inclusive culture,” Amber Guild, Anand Venkatesan, Carolyn Ryan, senior leaders from across the company who created the report, write in the introduction. “We must change our culture and systems,” they wrote.
BLM launches Survival Fund with $1,000 grants for people struggling amid pandemic
       
The BLM foundation has already begun asking recipients to apply for the Survival Fund grants as it builds out its philanthropic arm. One Survival Fund recipient, Kusema Thomas, said he has been earning $1,500 less in monthly income since the start of the pandemic. Thomas, who was also formerly incarcerated, said that when he was asked to apply for BLM's Survival Fund, he thought he was being pranked. During that time, mutual aid and direct assistance programs like BLM's Survival Fund have increased in popularity. According to the nonprofit Town Hall Project, which created the Mutual Aid Hub to track various collective efforts last March, the number of mutual aid groups in the U.S. grew from 50 to more than 800 in 48 states by last May.
A BLM sticker on his golf bag led Kirk Triplett to elevate race, diversity discussions
       
Todd KellyGolfweekTUCSON — Kirk Triplett made headlines last summer when he put a Black Lives Matter sticker on his golf bag. “When I saw that, I was just blown away because we hadn’t heard anybody from the golf industry talk about this issue quite like Kirk,” Williams said. His golf bag features a prominent D2C logo and throughout the year, he will participate in awareness and education programs. “The golf industry, the golf world, it’s a tremendous demographic. “That’s what I’m trying to do, I’m trying to make my community a better place and use golf to do it.”Todd Kelly is assistant managing editor for Golfweek, part of the USA Today Network.
'Stand your ground' from your car advances in New Hampshire
       
“Think about road rage,” he said. Police opposed the bill, saying such tools are important though rarely used — most often in standoff situations when someone is barricaded in a home. Leaders in the state’s Black Lives Matter movement testified in favor of the bill, and Rep. Daryl Abbas, R-Salem, said he believed their concerns were sincere. But he said the bill was unnecessary because state law already makes it illegal for police to fire rubber bullets into a crowd of peaceful protesters. “Although some other states may need to review their laws to ensure that peaceful protesters are not victimized by a police officer’s irresponsible use of nondeadly force, to New Hampshire’s credit, New Hampshire has been very responsible in being ahead of the game and addressing this in its laws already,” he said.
Meagan Good Directs New Video on Racial Injustice for Artist Diarra: 'We Don't Want to Shy Away'
       
After breaking away from international pop group Now United, Diarra is making a big statement with the first single of her solo career, guided by the help of actress Meagan Good. Are you talking about Meagan Good? The Meagan Good I've been watching on TV my whole entire life?!'" Image zoom Meagan Good; Diarra | Credit: Cécile Boko; Ron McPherson"We were sensitive about it," says Good. The blooming star hopes that Black women can continue to be represented in media and that other Black women, like Meagan Good, are opening doors for young women like her.
Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Reveals Cover of New Book
       
Cullors is unveiling the cover of her upcoming book, An Abolitionist's Handbook: 12 Steps to Change Yourself and the World, exclusively to PEOPLE. "I wrote An Abolitionist's Handbook for anyone who is thinking about starting their abolitionist journey," Cullors, 37, tells PEOPLE. She wrote her powerful memoir When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir in 2018 alongside writer Asha Bandele. Black Lives Matter was founded by Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in 2013, after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Black Lives Matter is the strongest force today doing this, not only in the U.S. but also in Europe and in Asia," Eide told USA Today.
Naomi Campbell Poses Topless for i-D Magazine Spring 2021 Issue
       
Luis [Alberto Rodriguez] is the third photographer of color I've worked with in my whole career in fashion," she told the magazine. Image zoom Credit: LUIS ALBERTO RODRIGUEZImage zoom Credit: LUIS ALBERTO RODRIGUEZ"It was just very real, very organic," she said of the shoot. Image zoom Credit: Luis Alberto Rodriguez"When you see these images, I hope you see that Kenya is beautiful, that Africa is beautiful," she said. Image zoom Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImageCampbell said on WWHL that she is looking forward to the change happening in the fashion industry. "I think things are about to change, don't you?"
Marjorie Taylor Greene Shows Trans Hate to Marie Newman
       
Yesterday, Greene decided to send a despicable message to her colleague Marie Newman of Illinois, whose office is across from hers, by hanging up a bigoted poster in the hallway: “There are TWO genders: Male & Female. “Thought we’d put up our [poster] so she can look at it every time she opens her door,” Greene wrote on Twitter. Greene has already racked up an impressive list of stupid, hateful stunts in her short time in office. Greene has come out vehemently against passing the Act; Newman decided to call her out by hanging a transgender flag outside of her office. “The symbolism was simply to put the flag out there so she has to see our community every day,” Newman said.
Oklahoma officer charged in Black man’s fatal shooting
       
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A white Oklahoma City police officer accused of fatally shooting a fleeing Black man armed with a knife three times in the back was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter. Holman, 36, responded to a call on Dec. 11 about a Black man who was harassing customers at a business in north Oklahoma City, according to an affidavit by homicide Detective Bryn Carter. ADVERTISEMENTPrater, Oklahoma County’s top prosecutor, has previously filed criminal charges against police officers accused in fatal shootings. Randy Harrison was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of second-degree manslaughter for shooting an unarmed teenager in the back as he ran away following a scuffle. And last year, Prater charged Chance Avery , a corporal with The Village Police Department, with first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a man wielding a baseball bat.
BLM launches Survival Fund amid COVID relief delay
       
The BLM foundation has already begun asking recipients to apply for the Survival Fund grants as it builds out its philanthropic arm. One Survival Fund recipient, Kusema Thomas, said he has been earning $1,500 less in monthly income since the start of the pandemic. Thomas, who was also formerly incarcerated, said that when he was asked to apply for BLM’s Survival Fund, he thought he was being pranked. During that time, mutual aid and direct assistance programs like BLM’s Survival Fund have increased in popularity. Cullors said the Survival Fund is a tribute to that legacy.
BLM launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait
       
The BLM foundation has already begun asking recipients to apply for the Survival Fund grants as it builds out its philanthropic arm. One Survival Fund recipient, Kusema Thomas, said he has been earning $1,500 less in monthly income since the start of the pandemic. Thomas, who was also formerly incarcerated, said that when he was asked to apply for BLM’s Survival Fund, he thought he was being pranked. During that time, mutual aid and direct assistance programs like BLM’s Survival Fund have increased in popularity. Cullors said the Survival Fund is a tribute to that legacy.
I’m sure all the Republicans worried about cancel culture will support Neera Tanden
       
I do not have strong feelings one way or the other on Neera Tanden. There is certainly something to be said for all of us being kinder on Twitter, a fact even Tanden herself acknowledges. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the The View from Westminster newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the The View from Westminster newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. But Neera Tanden calling Tom Cotton a “fraud” is a bridge too far.
Oklahoma officer charged in Black man's fatal shooting
       
A white Oklahoma City police officer accused of fatally shooting a fleeing Black man three times in the back has been charged with first-degree manslaughterOKLAHOMA CITY -- A white Oklahoma City police officer accused of fatally shooting a fleeing Black man armed with a knife three times in the back was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter. Holman, 36, responded to a call on Dec. 11 about a Black man who was harassing customers at a business in north Oklahoma City, according to an affidavit by homicide Detective Bryn Carter. The shooting sparked days of protests and demonstrations by Black Lives Matter groups and other activists. Prater, Oklahoma County's top prosecutor, has previously filed criminal charges against police officers accused in fatal shootings. And last year, Prater charged Chance Avery, a corporal with The Village Police Department, with first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a man wielding a baseball bat.
Capitol Police chief: Intelligence suggests militias aim to 'blow up' building when Biden addresses Congress
       
There is new intelligence suggesting militia groups have expressed a desire to "blow up" the Capitol building and "kill as many members as possible" on the day President Biden addresses Congress, U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman revealed Thursday during a House hearing regarding the Jan. 6 insurrection. CAPITOL POLICE UNION SLAMS 'DYSFUNCTION' AT RIOT HEARING AS COPS SUFFER CRUSHED SPINAL DISCS, BRAIN INJURIESThe U.S. Capitol Police did not return an email and voicemail left by Fox News Thursday. "As the first Black and female chief of this department, I take any allegation of any inequitable policing extremely seriously," Pittman. "I can assure you that there is no evidence that suggest any discrepancy based on security posture or making enhancements or not based upon race." The House Appropriations subcommittee hearing Thursday on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol also included testimony from Acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett.
Police use of stop and search risks losing trust of the black community
       
Police use of stop and search risks losing the trust of the black community, their own official watchdog has warned, as the number of black murder victims has hit a near 20-year high. The report came as it emerged 105 black people were murdered in the year to March 2020, the highest number since 2002. Half were aged under 24 with the homicide rate for black people five times that of white people, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). “When Theresa May condemned stop and search and we stopped doing it, what happened? He added: “The thing that has been really evident for us over the last few years is just how fragile officer confidence is around stop and search.
Nancy Pelosi rules out more Congressional action against Donald Trump
       
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress has no further plans to punish former President Donald Trump after he was acquitted on impeachment charges by the Senate earlier this month. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress would not take additional steps to punish former President Donald Trump. During a Tuesday Senate hearing on the insurrection, Sen. Ron Johnson suggested the violent factions of the crowd were not supporters of President Donald Trump but 'agents provocateur' and also floated that the police had attacked the mostly jovial crowd. Pelosi accidentally called him 'Don Johnson,' asking reporters the Wisconsin Republican's first name. 'If you don't know your why, if you don't know your purpose ... then the rest of it is not the important part of the conversation,' Pelosi said.
Republicans Are Trying to Make the January 6 Disgrace Go Away
       
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Ah, Mitch McConnell, you might have lost your Senate majority leader title, but you’ll always be the Great Gaslighter. Her party took the House, Senate, and the White House in the last three years.
There’s Nothing Fun or Funny About Marjorie Taylor Greene
       
David A. Graham: Marjorie Taylor Greene is just a symptom of what ails the GOPConspiracy theorists aren’t just cranks in tinfoil hats drifting around the margins of society. People tend to embrace conspiracy theories because they’re experiencing fear, ostracism, or a sense of losing control. Perhaps, then, given the country’s diversifying demographics and liberal mores, it’s no surprise who is flocking to conspiracy theories: people like Greene, who are white and on the right. Despite their enduring privilege, many white Americans feel left out or left behind. What the data on conspiracy theories don’t always reveal, though, is the DNA of the lies plaguing America.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan to serve as senior city adviser after retiring
       
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan will serve as a senior adviser at City Hall after he retires as the department’s top uniformed cop, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. Monahan, 59, will work with the mayor and new Big Apple “recovery czar” Lorraine Grillo as de Blasio’s senior adviser for recovery, safety, and planning, the mayor said at a press conference. The Post learned Wednesday that Monahan, who held the NYPD’s top uniformed post since 2018, would be stepping down and retiring. “I believe I’m the third African-America to be the chief of department, and I’m flattered,” Harrison said Thursday. I’ve been out there with the men and woman to do what had to be done to keep this city safe.”
The Daily 202: Biden’s CIA director pick takes aim at China
       
President Biden’s shoo-in nominee to be CIA director, William J. Burns, delighted senators considering his confirmation by taking a hard line on Beijing. ADLast year, a wave of Confucius Institute closures reached Biden’s home state, when the center at the University of Delaware shut down. “I blame it on the failure to have a transition that is rational,” Biden told reporters. buzz sawThe White House continues to publicly back Tanden. Vivek Murthy, Biden’s pick for surgeon general, appeared before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee this morning.
BLM launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait
       
NEW YORK (AP) — The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is formally expanding a $3 million financial relief fund that it quietly launched earlier this month, to help people struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The foundation, which grew out of the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement nearly eight years ago, said Thursday that it plans to make up to 3,000 microgrants of $1,000 each to people who it believes need it most. The BLM foundation has already begun asking recipients to apply for the Survival Fund grants as it builds out its philanthropic arm. If approved, the money is deposited directly into recipients’ bank accounts or made available on prepaid debit cards, the foundation said — no strings attached. “This came from a collective conversation with BLM leadership that Black folks are being hurt the most financially during the pandemic,” BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors told The Associated Press.
Obama says ALL black Americans should get reparations because country was ‘built on the backs of slaves’
       
BARACK Obama says reparations for all black Americans are "justified" because the "wealth of this country was built on the backs of slaves". When asked by the rock legend, 71, whether the US is prepared to consider reparations, Obama said: "If you ask me theoretically 'Are reparations justified?' Obama added that even after slavery formally ended, "the systematic oppression and discrimination of black Americans" carried on under Jim Crow laws - state and local laws that enforced racial segregation. Obama's comments came after it was revealed Joe Biden is considering giving black Americans "reparations for slavery" in a bid to tackle racial inequality in the US. Meanwhile, ex-NFL star Herschel Walker has argued black Americans should not receive reparations because "slavery ended over 130 years ago".
Republicans try to equate summer BLM protests with Jan. 6 insurrection at hearing on terrorism
       
He then described multiple instances of the summer protest violence as fitting the legal description of terrorism. In reality, domestic terrorism is an entirely different phenomenon from protest violence, which has never been included in any terrorism database. Both protest violence and terrorism are political in nature, but their core nature is fundamentally very different, particularly when it comes to intent. After all, a 2020 domestic terrorism database found that between 2017 and 2019, right-wing extremists committed a total of 49 acts of terror that resulted in 145 deaths. Antifascists, in contrast, were responsible for exactly one case of domestic terrorism, and the only death that resulted from that case was the perpetrator’s.
Fmr. FBI Asst. Director: Religion or skin color needed to change to increase FBI security posture
       
Former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi revealed an inconvenient truth, only religion or skin color would have changed FBI security posture on January 6th. FBI Security Posture Religion/Skin ColorSee full episodes here. When asked his thoughts about the hearing and the performance of the FBI, Frank Figliuzzi did not mince his words. "I found yesterday's hearing to both be frustrating and educational at the same time," Frank Figliuzzi said. "And I fear that the real answer to that is that religion or skin color needed to change to increase the security posture.
LA DA George Gascón (D) Helps A Fellow Criminal Justice Reform Advocate Win A CA State Senate Seat
       
Please contribute right now so Sydney can respond to these deceptive attacks before the March 2nd voting deadline. You may have read about the audit of CDAA, exposed by the San Francisco Chronicle, revealing how they misappropriated these funds. CDAA is seeking revenge by targeting Sydney Kamlager for calling them out after their illegal spending became public. Sydney sticks her neck out for justice, and we need to come together and back her up. It is obvious that the same prosecutors who block reform don’t want her in the State Senate.
Capitol Riot: Well Past Its Sell By Date
       
"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," Rahm Emanuel said in November 2008, shortly before becoming White House Chief of Staff in the Obama administration. Left unsaid: Even if you have to make something into a "serious crisis," molehill-to-mountain style. Democrats have been milking the January 6 Capitol riot for going on two months now. Black Lives Matter and antifa), versus the "right-wing extremism" Pelosi wants to milk and milk and milk. She wants us to drink a tall, warm glass of that sour milk to wash down government censorship of media (both "mainstream" and "social") and other "emergency" infringements on civil liberties.
What School Didn't Teach You About the Black Panthers
       
And to understand that [the Black Panthers] were about much more than the berets that they sported and the guns that they carried. They were about building a society that supports human dignity.”In the last year, the Black Panthers’ health programs have only become more relevant. The Black Panthers didn’t think the programs did enough to help the poor, with some members even doubting if equal access to quality healthcare could exist in a capitalist society. Additionally, many contemporary physicians share the same concerns addressed by the Black Panthers’ clinics. She has seen firsthand the implicit bias in healthcare settings that the Black Panthers were trying to combat 50 years ago.
Black Lives Matter launches Survival Fund as people wait for federal COVID-19 relief
       
The BLM foundation has already begun asking recipients to apply for the Survival Fund grants as it builds out its philanthropic arm. One Survival Fund recipient, Kusema Thomas, said he has been earning $1,500 less in monthly income since the start of the pandemic. Thomas, who was also formerly incarcerated, said that when he was asked to apply for BLM’s Survival Fund, he thought he was being pranked. During that time, mutual aid and direct assistance programs like BLM’s Survival Fund have increased in popularity. Black mutual aid efforts, in particular, date back to the 1700s, when enslaved Americans pooled their money to buy each other’s freedom from bondage.
The insurrectionists’ Senate floor prayer highlights a curious Trumpian ecumenism
       
A group of insurrectionists pray inside the U.S. Senate chamber after breaching the Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Chief among the praying insurrectionists was Chansley, a man who, taken at (blue) face value, was a curious choice to lead the prayer. Kelly would later praise the moment Chansley “consecrated (the Senate) to Jesus” in an interview with conservative website LifeSiteNews the day of the insurrection. Several — including some seen kneeling in prayer — have been charged with various crimes regarding their role in the Capitol attack, such as conspiracy. Prosecutors say another man, New Mexico county Commissioner Couy Griffin, also led a crowd outside the Capitol in prayer.
Privacy, immigrant rights groups slam Biden's 'smart wall' proposal
       
A coalition of privacy and immigrant rights groups are pushing back on the Biden administration’s proposal to deploy a “smart” wall on the southern border. The immigration proposal includes some level of oversight, including requiring the DHS inspector general to ensure that the deployed systems are effective, the least intrusive means and cost effective. “Border enforcement policies have long served as a testing ground for military grade surveillance at the border and far into the interior,” the groups wrote. The Hill has reached out to spokespeople for the White House, Menendez and Sánchez for comment on the statement. The Biden administration’s immigration proposal, which aims to give 11 million people a path to U.S. citizenship, has slim odds of passing through the deadlocked Senate.
Majority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll
       
More than two-thirds of Republicans say the 2020 presidential election was invalid, according to a new survey. The poll from the R Street Institute, a free markets group, found that 67 percent of Republicans view the past election as invalid, compared to 23 percent who believe it was valid. Trump’s election fraud claims preceded the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob trying to disrupt the Electoral College vote count. According to the poll, 48 percent of Republicans voted in person on Election Day, while 28 percent voted early and 24 percent voted by mail. “In the wake of the contentious November 2020 election, it’s more important than ever to defend the principles that underpin our democracy,” said Jonathan Bydlak, interim director of the R Street Institute’s governance program.
Republicans Are Trying to Make the January 6 Disgrace Go Away
       
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Other Republicans have problems with Pelosi’s commission proposal, including the GOP co-chair of the 9/11 convening, former New Jersey Gov. Her party took the House, Senate and the White House in the last three years.
BLM launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait
       
The BLM foundation has already begun asking recipients to apply for the Survival Fund grants as it builds out its philanthropic arm. One Survival Fund recipient, Kusema Thomas, said he has been earning $1,500 less in monthly income since the start of the pandemic. Thomas, who was also formerly incarcerated, said that when he was asked to apply for BLM’s Survival Fund, he thought he was being pranked. During that time, mutual aid and direct assistance programs like BLM’s Survival Fund have increased in popularity. Cullors said the Survival Fund is a tribute to that legacy.
Obama backs reparations for the first time and slams ‘politics of white resistance’
       
Barack Obama backed the reparation of Black Americans for the first time, calling it “justified” but blamed "politics of white resistance and resentment" as the reason for not being able to push it during his presidency. The two were discussing about the bill regarding reparations, which would study racial reparations for compensating Black Americans descended from slavery and victims of systemic racism. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeHe said during the podcast on Monday that a reparation proposal during his presidency would have met with “the politics of white resistance” and “white resentment”. "And what I saw during my presidency was the politics of white resistance and resentment.
Did San Jose city leaders make hasty decision on disputed artwork?
       
A group of community arts leaders, under the banner San Jose Arts Advocates, have presented an open letter to Mayor Sam Liccardo questioning the early removal of an artwork that was part of an exhibition at Mineta San Jose International Airport. On Dec. 2, Jonathan Fleming, a former San Jose City Council candidate, tweeted about the piece, saying it — and the city by extension — promoted the killing of law enforcement. While the comparison is bit of a stretch, their point is valid that the removal of “Americana” was unneccessary. He said he understood that San Jose police officers had a particular reaction to the piece and considered it just as valid as his own. Instead, the conversation is about why “Americana” was removed, and that’s unfortunate.
Joe Biden Revokes Donald Trump’s Order Designating Democratic Cities ‘Anarchist’
       
President Joe Biden revoked several of his predecessor’s presidential actions on Wednesday, including a controversial memo signed by former President Donald Trump last year designating three Democratic cities as “anarchist jurisdictions” unworthy of federal funding. In the September memo, Trump had directed federal officials to slap the “anarchist” label on New York, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, after racial justice protests erupted in those cities in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police on May 25; his death sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the nation. On Wednesday, Biden tossed out the contentious memo, along with a number of other presidential actions signed during Trump’s tenure. Among them was an executive order from 2017 aimed at easing regulations on the financial industry and another from 2018 that had targeted federal welfare programs.
Black Lives Matter-L.A. launches campaign against law enforcement unions
       
Organizers with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles launched a campaign Wednesday targeting two of Southern California’s biggest police unions, saying they will push to have them ejected from the powerful Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and ultimately disbanded. “Every Wednesday we’re going to send a message to the people across the street ... that we are going to end these associations,” said Akili, an organizer with Black Lives Matter-L.A., appearing at a news conference across from the league’s offices. Representatives of Black Lives Matter-L.A. also want the labor federation, which represents around 300 affiliates, to sever its ties with the Assn. “Defunding is just shorthand for abolition,” said Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter-L.A., at Wednesday’s news conference and rally. Police Protective League President Craig Lally said neither Black Lives Matter nor other organizations have the power to strip officers of their right to union representation.
BLM launches Survival Fund amid federal COVID-19 relief wait
       
FILE - In this July 13, 2020, file photo, a black lives matter mural is visible in the Shaw neighborhood in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)FILE - In this July 13, 2020, file photo, a black lives matter mural is visible in the Shaw neighborhood in Washington. The BLM foundation has already begun asking recipients to apply for the Survival Fund grants as it builds out its philanthropic arm. Thomas, who was also formerly incarcerated, said that when he was asked to apply for BLM’s Survival Fund, he thought he was being pranked. Cullors said the Survival Fund is a tribute to that legacy.
Elijah Milligan: Today's Obstacles For Black Chefs, From COVID-19 To Soul Food
       
Much of that is due to what he calls his “baby,” Cooking for the Culture, a culinary network devoted to connecting and helping Black chefs all around the country. On being one of the few Black chefs on the sceneI’ve been a chef now for 15-plus years. So I thought it would be cool to get 10, 20 Black chefs and host a dinner. On urging Black chefs to stay away from soul foodI do love soul food and comfort food, but being a chef, I look at it a bit differently. I think private dining, private chefs, meal prep, at-home cooking and takeout are going to be the lay of the land.
LI's Black-owned businesses find eager customers through directories
       
"Let's show up for Black-owned businesses like we show up for a protest," read the post. And Black-owned business directories and groups like Black Long Island are leading the way, Phil Andrews, president of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, said. High search interest in Black-owned businesses did not go unnoticed by Google: The company kicked off Black History Month with a permanent update to shopping search results that makes it easier to find and support Black-owned businesses. Goodie Bag is listed in several, including Black Long Island and Black Owned Long Island. "Black businesses are often forgotten or missed, so these directories and listings really do make all the difference."
Good Trouble Recap: Shut It Down
       
Good Trouble Arraignment Day Season 3 Episode 2 Editor’s Rating 4 stars * * * * « Previous Next Photo: Freeform/ABCWell, that was equal parts intense and terrifying and uplifting, wasn’t it? She doesn’t want to tell Evan because she knows Speckulate can’t handle the bad publicity and Evan would probably shut the app down. Flanked by her team, Mariana walks out of Speckulate in spectacular fashion, and the women have plans to build their own start-up. • Anyone else catch how disappointed Dyonte looks when Isaac shows up and swoops in for a celebratory makeout with Malika? • That small moment in which Callie comforts Mariana, knowing how awful she feels about what happened with her app, made me so misty-eyed.
Protesters arrested in New York City after decision not to charge cops for Daniel Prude's death
       
AdvertisementSeveral protesters were arrested in New York City on Wednesday night after a grand jury in Rochester announced that it cleared seven cops of criminal charges in the death of Daniel Prude. Michael Magri, were suspended after Prude's death became public. The protesters had gathered around 7.30pm at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Samuel McCree Way, where Daniel Prude met police, according to the Democrat & Chronicle. And now Daniel Prude,' James later added. Lawyers for the seven police officers suspended over Prude's death have said the officers were strictly following their training that night, employing a restraining technique known as 'segmenting.'
5 Africa-born designers open digital Milan Fashion Week
       
“When I told friends in Cameroon that I wanted to travel to Italy to become a fashion designer, they said, ‘Why are you going to study fashion. What Italian fashion house is going to hire you?’” Ntsama said in a video chat with The Associated Press. No and no and no!”The designers, dubbed “the Fab Five,” are the first crop of creators nurtured through a collaboration between the National Chamber of Italian Fashion and the Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion movement. Italian-Haitian designer Stella Jean, Milan-based African American designer Edward Buchanan and Afro Fashion Week Milano founder Michelle Ngonmo launched the movement last summer.. The collaboration has expanded from September, when the Fab Five’s collections hung in a showroom, to a bona fide runway show of five looks each for Milan Fashion Week, which is taking place 99% online.
House Judiciary witness compares U.S. Capitol rioters unfavorably with Civil War secessionists
       
"That is the difference here, it has never happened in American history, even the South attempted to use tenants of the Constitution for secession." Republicans said the committee should also consider Antifa’s actions during the summer riots, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, where the group that stands for Anti-Fascist, held nightly violent riots in Portland and Seattle. But the hearing became tense after Florida Republican Greg Steube grew frustrated with the witnesses who would not agree that the summer riots constituted domestic terrorism. Steube prompted severe backlash from Missouri Democrat Rep. Cori Bush after he suggested the Black Lives Matter movement should also be considered domestic terrorism. "But for white supremacy in which you benefit, we would not be in the streets demanding to be heard to save lives.
Lawmaker seeks harsher penalties for riots, defunding police
       
Repeat offenses of obstructing traffic with sit-ins and marches would also become a felony. It would also prohibit giving state money to local governments that defund their police department. The bill drew sharp criticism from some Black lawmakers“What this bill is trying to simply do is shut folks’ mouths,” Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, said. Floyd died after a police officer put his knee on his neck for several minutes. “We want the same sort of condemnation that we all give to violence and rioting to some of the underlying issues,” England, D-Tuscaloosa, said.
Joe Biden Revokes Donald Trump’s Order Designating Democratic Cities ‘Anarchist’
       
President Joe Biden revoked several of his predecessor’s presidential actions on Wednesday, including a controversial memo signed by former President Donald Trump last year designating three Democratic cities as “anarchist jurisdictions” unworthy of federal funding. In the September memo, Trump had directed federal officials to slap the “anarchist” label on New York, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, after racial justice protests erupted in those cities in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police on May 25; his death sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the nation. Trump said in his memo that federal funding to New York, Seattle and Portland — all of which are run by Democratic mayors — should be slashed to the maximum extent because his “administration will not allow federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones.”
Former Dedham High football coach sues school officials for non-renewal of contract
       
Dedham High School’s former football coach has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the school’s principal, athletic director, and the superintendent of schools violated his First Amendment right to free speech when they didn’t reappoint him last month, court documents show. A school district spokeswoman, Sara Errickson, said Wednesday the district was aware of the suit but had no comment. AdvertisementThey followed the meeting up with an e-mail to the same three School Committee members that accused Welch of being unwilling to compromise, court documents show. “He chose not to.”On Oct. 30, the Flynns withdrew their children from Dedham schools, filings show. Flynn, Welch, Forrest, and Traister discussed the e-mail, and the school officials told Flynn “they ‘were going in a different direction’ with the football program,” according to court filings.
House Democrats strike back at GOP ‘false equivalencies’ during domestic terror hearing
       
“Equating a movement for justice with white nationalism is ignorant and dangerous on your part,” said US Rep Cori Bush. “What we lived through in one day … you and your neighbours in Portland lived through 120 days straight,” he said. “And yet I don’t recall, don’t remember the Democrats condemning what was going on in Portland.”Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “It’s that same false equivalence we see today.”Federal law enforcement has sounded alarms about the rise of white nationalist violence in recent years, meeting a Trump-era Justice Department that remained focused elsewhere.
For Tracy Hyde balances idyllic nostalgia with political unease on ‘Ethernity’
       
“I don’t consider myself very political, but I wanted that to change … in a good way.”For Tracy Hyde has seen a lot of change since Suga founded the group in 2012. I was totally unprepared for that!”Memory lane: For Tracy Hyde guitarist Azusa Suga based part of the sound for new album ‘Ethernity’ on American pop culture from the 1990s. | KODAI KOBAYASHIFor Tracy Hyde went for it, though, and Suga started crafting the demos, albeit with some constraints. For Tracy Hyde wants to zig when everyone else zags by playing with genre and looking outward when their peers are focused inward. For more information about For Tracy Hyde, visit fortracyhyde.com.
Jonathan Kay: A white mob comes after an Arab-Canadian professor — in the name of anti-racism
       
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Postmaster General Taunts Dems: You’re Stuck With Me for Good
       
Jim Watson./GettyLouis DeJoy had a defiant message on Wednesday for those craving to see him ousted as U.S. Postmaster General: “Get used to me.”The comment came after Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) asked the embattled U.S. Postal Service chief how long he would remain as Postmaster General—“long time,” DeJoy spat back—during a Wednesday hearing in the House Oversight Committee. To many Democrats, DeJoy’s performance on Wednesday on Capitol Hill may make that balancing act harder: they found much to dislike not only in what the postmaster general said, but how he said it. Though the postmaster general has not revealed specifics, he testified on Wednesday that he will propose cuts to delivery standards, including the standard that local mail be delivered within two days. In the wake of the new political reality in Washington, the postmaster general has begun to attempt outreach to Democratic lawmakers.
Who is Heidi Cruz? The high-powered Goldman Sachs executive and wife to ‘disgraced’ Texas senator Ted Cruz
       
Not gonna fly.”Wednesday’s hearing was the second time in DeJoy’s short tenure that he has been subjected to a high-profile grilling in the House Oversight Committee. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), a member of the Oversight panel, was a 29-year veteran of the USPS before she came to Congress. “We must acknowledge that during this peak season we fell far short of meeting our service goals,” he said. Though the postmaster general has not revealed specifics, he testified on Wednesday that he will propose cuts to delivery standards, including the standard that local mail be delivered within two days. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Los Altos councilwoman under fire for accusing Black activist of threatening her
       
LOS ALTOS — About 30 people criticized Los Altos Councilwoman Lynnette Lee Eng at Tuesday’s night’s meeting, saying she falsely accused a Black Lives Matter community activist of threatening her and her family. Lee Eng did not say whether she received any messages from other people. Moos is calling on other council members and Mayor Neysa Fligor — the city’s first Black mayor — to speak up against Lee Eng. “Especially being the first Black mayor, she should be taking a stronger stance. We’re not going to stop coming and calling Lee Eng out on this.
What can we learn from America’s most hotly anticipated conservative event? More than you might think
       
ew political events are more hotly anticipated by right-leaning Americans than the Conservative Political Action Conference – otherwise known as CPAC – which this year has styled itself as “America Uncancelled”. By far the most high profile of the guests, however, is Sunday night’s keynote speaker, former president Donald J Trump. In the words of the CPAC website, Trump is “the very definition of the American success story”. When Trump was in power, CPAC felt like the event of the season. Now, it’s a side-note during a week in which President Joe Biden ushers in a new cabinet.
UCLA road-heavy schedule raises questions about Pac-12 Conference priorities
       
One might say the Pac-12 Conference couldn’t see the forest for the trees on Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena court given what it’s asking UCLA to do these next two weeks. It will be UCLA’s second trip to play Oregon after the first, in late December, ended without so much as the ball being tossed into the air for tipoff. One game official tested positive for COVID-19 and the others were barred from working because of contact tracing, leading to a postponement. When the other team’s playing ambient noise of their fans cheering, the game is not neutral. Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak complained about the call afterward, earning a reprimand from the Pac-12 office.
Black Lives Matter foundation raised $90 million in 2020
       
The national Black Lives Matter foundation raised more than $90 million dollars in 2020, with an average donation of about $30, the organization announced in a report Tuesday. Millions were donated to local organizations and local Black Lives Matter chapters in an effort to uplift the community. The foundation said its website saw a nearly 5,000% increase in traffic, with over 24 million visiting the website to learn more during the second half of 2020. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via GettyBlack Lives Matter also distributed $21.7 million to 30 organizations and local BLM chapters, 22 of which are led by LGBTQIA organizers. "Many elected officials remain fearful of the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' and refuse to act with all that it takes to sustain Black life and Black joy," Patrice Cullors, co-founder and executive director, wrote in the report.
Kelly Dodd Denies RHOC Firing Report: Bravo Will Never Fire Me! I Can Say ANYTHING!
       
A very believable report announced that Bravo was cleaning house in a major RHOC casting shakeup. First on the list of those to go was Kelly Dodd, who enraged and disgusted fans with her unforgivable behavior. Kelly then boasted: "Looking forward to my sixth season #RHOC 16!" If that report is true, that means that the only remaining current housewives are Gina and Shannon. Finally, a lot of fans were torn about Elizabeth Lyn Vargas and didn't really understand her story until the RHOC Reunion.
AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter opens up about its finances
       
A financial snapshot shared exclusively with The Associated Press shows the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation took in just over $90 million last year. A financial snapshot shared exclusively with The Associated Press shows the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation took in just over $90 million last year. In its report, the BLM foundation said individual donations via its main fundraising platform averaged $30.76. Although there are many groups that use “Black Lives Matter” or “BLM” in their names, less than a dozen are currently considered affiliates of the chapter network. Leaders at the BLM foundation admit that they have not been clear about the movement’s finances and governance over the years.
Notre Dame to promote racial justice with special shirts, shoes
       
On Sunday, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team will wear custom shoes and a pregame shirt to promote racial justice in its nationally televised game against the No. Courtsey of Notre Dame AthleticsIn the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in May 2020, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team has used its platform to bring attention to racial justice. Courtesy of Notre Dame AthleticsSunday will not be the first time that Notre Dame women’s basketball has worn a pregame shirt to protest racial injustice. At the time, the Irish were the first women’s basketball team to wear the shirts, after other high-profile players had also worn them in the NBA and NFL. We're like, O.K., what can we do to carry on this legacy of Notre Dame women's basketball speaking on important issues?” Peoples says.
5 Activists on the Meaning of Black History Month in 2021
       
Sure, this Black History Month looked different than years past (hi, we’re still facing the brunt of a pandemic—heard about it?) Speaking of activists—I caught up with four phenomenal Black women who are navigating Black History Month amid the dual pandemics, systemic-racism and COVID-19, about the significance this month, in this year, holds for them. What does Black History Month 2021 mean to you? Black History Month 2021 represents an intersectional awareness month for Black folks who are different, elevating our stories as a branch of Black history.” —GIA LOVENialah Edari Ceres (Diaja)“I served as Columbia University Black History Month co-chair for two years in a row. Even when I graduated I still returned to Columbia for Black History Month.
These 5 Black Designers Bring Multicultural Point of View to Milan Fashion Week
       
Fall 2021 look: Ntsama presented a chic, creative collection focused on knitwear. Experimenting with colors and materials, the designer’s collections stand out with a glamorous, slightly eccentric look. Fall 2021 look: Inspired by the colors of the jungle, Daoudi presented a collection centered on bright tones of green and hot pink mixed with refined black-and-white combinations. However, led by a strong passion for fashion, she decided to attend a fashion school in Modena and Bologna. Fall 2021 look: For the capsule she presented at Milan Fashion Week, Meribe was supported for pattern making by San Andres’ founder and creative director Andrés Caballero, while Taroni provided her with precious silk.
Leslie Odom Jr. Finds His Power
       
Leslie Odom Jr. Finds His Power The actor on the strength he found in playing the legendary songwriter and producer Sam Cooke, and the key conversation with a mentor that kept him on the path toward his breakthrough in 'Hamilton'When Leslie Odom Jr. was about to turn 30, he thought about quitting acting. “The lightbulb went on in the middle of him talking,” says Odom, now 39, talking over Zoom from his home in L.A. After that conversation, Odom retook Acting 101 classes with Robinson. “The first time I really felt I was a part of a championship team was as a part of the company of Hamilton,” Odom says. This awards season, Odom and his wife, Nicolette Robinson (who plays Sam’s wife Barbara Cooke in Miami), have another reason to celebrate. Initially, the news brought Odom back to some of those feelings of uncertainty and dread he’d had when he was turning 30.
This Rural Liberal Set Out to Talk to His Pro-Trump Neighbors
       
My plan was to use the photo to promote a Black Lives Matter rally that I’d be hosting in a few days on Gilmanton’s green. ... On his front lawn he proudly displays a Black Lives Matter sign. She’s an avowed Black Lives Matter supporter, a feminist and an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights. Paul Oman, an online epoxy salesman who scored 25 likes casting doubt on my September Black Lives Matter rally, declines my request for an interview. And now I ask her if she feels any solidarity with the Black Lives Matter notion that historical wrongs must be righted.
Oklahoma Triple Murder Suspect Confesses to Cooking Victim’s Heart With Potatoes
       
Does he have a pulse?”, as officers begin pumping his chest in an attempt to resuscitate him. The AP reported that Quinto, who was born in the Philippines, was honorably discharged from the navy in 2019. The family said that he had long struggled with depression, with more recent episodes of paranoia and anxiety. “I asked the detectives if there was another number I should have called, and they told me that there wasn’t and that I did the right thing. But right now I can tell you that the right thing would not have killed my brother.”
Illinois becomes first state to end cash bail as part of criminal justice reform law
       
CHICAGO — Illinois has set the stage for a significant overhaul of its criminal justice system after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed off on a new law that not only institutes major police reforms, but also makes the state the first in the nation to completely abolish cash bail. But several law enforcement groups and legislators opposed the legislation, citing that the new law will not only do a disservice to officers, but will also diminish public safety. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy said the bill "is willfully undermining public safety - endangering citizens, emboldening criminals, and making Illinois less safe for families,” WMAQ-NBC Chicago reported. “Legislators saw the unprecedented protests as a mandate to bring sweeping changes to the state’s criminal justice system.
The Senate asked all the wrong questions about the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol
       
The Senate held its first hearings into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Tuesday. So then, what is it that keeps law enforcement professionals from seeing what’s right in front of them? As these hearings continue, we will likely hear from the FBI and other law enforcement leaders. And it’s true that law enforcement can’t possibly see and assess the universe of social media even if such monitoring were allowed. After the insurrection, two ProPublica journalists interviewed 19 current and former U.S. Capitol Police officers about the assault on the Capitol.
Commentary: Banning Confederate flag opens NASCAR to diverse new fanbase
       
A sign at the entrance to Daytona International Speedway warned spectators the Confederate flag was not welcome on property. Phelps’ theory proved true in June, on the very day NASCAR banned the Confederate flag. Driven by Wallace, 23XI Racing is the only team with a Black owner and Black driver. It is no coincidence these NASCAR newcomers followed the banning of the Confederate flag. He has cited a recent brand tracking study that found 1,750 self-identified “avid NASCAR fans” overwhelmingly supported the sanctioning body’s stance on social justice in 2020.
Bust of Black hero of Lewis & Clark trip goes up in Portland
       
Now, one of the first works of art to emerge in their place depicts an unsung hero of the Lewis and Clark expedition. People have flocked to the bust, which seems to be at least four feet tall, in Mount Tabor Park. “The story of York is really compelling and very sad.”Passersby stare up at the bust or touch the tall stone pedestal. Pedestals that used to support statues that were torn down by Black Lives Matter protesters or removed by officials now are empty. In the epic expedition, York had gone on scouting missions, had hunted buffalo and deer to feed the group and helped tend to the sick.
Dreams Held Fast: A Timeline of Black History in the Triangle
       
Black history is American history, and Black History Week, established as a precursor to Black History Month by the author and historian Carter G. Woodson, was an early affirmation, and now an ongoing reminder, that Black Lives Matter. In honor of this February tradition, the INDY created a timeline to recognize and celebrate the work and achievements of Black activists, educators, and leaders in the realms of business, government, and faith. 1793: Enslaved Black people begin constructing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s oldest public university1808: John Chavis, a free-born Black man, opens a school in Raleigh. July 1966: Hortense McClinton joins the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, becoming the university’s first Black faculty member. Join the INDY Press Club to help us keep fearless watchdog reporting and essential arts and culture coverage viable in the Triangle.
‘41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers’ – People's World
       
Longtime political prisoner Geronimo Pratt (aka Geronimo Ji Jaga)The 29th Pan African Film Festival has moved online, taking place Feb. 28–March 14. The third is a reprise of the 2009 documentary 41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers, which was originally screened at PAFF in 2010 and again in 2017. The Black Power organization spread to Southern California, with the formation by former prisoner Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter and John Huggins of what was arguably the party’s most militant chapter in Los Angeles. I believe that 41st & Central is the only full-length film that Mr. Everett directed. For more info about 41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers and about the Feb. 20 screening, see here.
In plain sight, GOP senators show sabotage is their game
       
Missouri’s Republican Sen. Josh Hawley and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas fended off questions from reporters who asked them whether they bore any responsibility for the attack. At the cabinet nomination hearings, meanwhile, Becerra faced vicious attacks from Republican senators who do the bidding of the private health care industry. “The COVID pandemic has killed 500,000 Americans,” Becerra told the Senate health committee. On health insurance, he pledged to work to expand the Affordable Care Act, although in the past he has stated clearly that a government-run health care system would be best. Over the four years that Trump was in power, Becerra filed 124 lawsuits, challenging Trump on immigration, environmental, and health care policies.
COVID-19 Testing, Not Standardized Testing: Schools Need Vaccinations, Not Examinations
       
Meanwhile, the Biden Administration is marching forward with a standardized testing regime that happens to be the centerpiece of corporate education reform. Additionally, the logistical nightmare of administering standardized tests remotely and online will further exacerbate the racism and class bias built into the exams. As Rethinking Schools editorialized, “high-stakes standardized tests have disguised class and race privilege as merit ever since. In short, standardized testing has an ugly history. This is the moment for educators, students, families, caregivers, and community organizers to demand that the Biden Administration provide what our schools need at this time: COVID-19 testing, not standardized testing, and vaccinations, not examinations.
Fashion Designer Priya Ahluwalia Wins the Queen Elizabeth II Award For British Design
       
Since launching in 2018, menswear brand Ahluwalia has quickly become a favourite of the fashion crowd, and now the brand's designer Priya Ahluwalia is also a favourite of the crown. Winning the Queen Elizabeth II Award For British Design is the recent accolade in Ahluwalia's growing list of recognitions — including the British Fashion Council's 2019/2020 NewGen initiative and the 2020 LVMH Prize. The Queen Elizabeth II Award, previously given to Rosh Mahtani of Alighieri, Bethany Williams, and Richard Quinn, was presented to Ahluwalia by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, on Tuesday, 23 Feb. The Queen Elizabeth II Award For British Design recognises "the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy and the movement of young designers that are both talented and making a difference to society through either sustainable practices or community engagement", said the British Fashion Council in a press statement. "With sustainability and ethical practice always at the heart of the design process, Ahluwalia has been chosen for her focus on craftsmanship and community.
Naked Cowboy and Times Square characters are left without crowds in the Covid-19 pandemic
       
Few jobs are as contingent on crowds as the jobs in Times Square. The Times Square Alliance, which promotes business in the area, estimates that prior to the pandemic, an average of 360,000 pedestrians walked through the heart of Times Square each day. Within the world of the Times Square characters, there is a sort of caste system. In the city’s history, the Times Square characters have been somewhat controversial. “But in reality, we prefer Times Square, because we can create magic with the characters.”For the time being, that magic is on hold.
Rochester police won’t face charges in Daniel Prude’s death
       
None of the seven police officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude — a 41-year-old Black man — in Rochester, New York, will be charged, a grand jury decided on Tuesday. A video showing officers killing Prude last March had surfaced in September, as nationwide protests against police violence engulfed much of the country. “Daniel Prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis and what he needed was compassion, care, and help from trained professionals. Prude’s case highlighted a deep-rooted problem baked into most police departments: Armed police officers are ill-equipped to handle situations that involve people with mental health illnesses or drug addiction. This scenario is further proof for activists to push for a “divest and invest” model, in which a fraction of law enforcement revenue is diverted elsewhere, such as mental health services or housing assistance.
The Black-white life expectancy gap grew in 2020 — but it can be reversed
       
These unbalanced outcomes are just one example of the racial disparities in health care that have fueled the Black-white life expectancy gap. A recent study in PNAS found that the Black-white life expectancy gap grew by nearly a year and a half in 2020 due to the coronavirus, from 3.6 to 5 years. The overall goal, in short, is to make Black life a bit more like the better parts of white life. That suggests a universal approach may be a more politically favorable path to shrinking the Black-white life expectancy gap. Policy can’t fix everythingAs much as policy can help, it probably can’t close the entire Black-white life expectancy gap on its own.
“I feel like my ancestry is the story of America”
       
However, over the past decade, DNA kits and online historical databases have created unique opportunities for Black Americans to reconnect with their familial histories and ancestry. Vox talked to three Black Americans who used DNA and ancestry websites to explore their heritage. “The results make me feel very uniquely American”Tracey Chambers, 55, Washington, DCI first took a DNA test about 10 years ago, through a company called Ancestry by DNA. I found the names of some Black ancestors as well as their locations, but there were far fewer details about them. I feel like my ancestry is the story of America — European settlers, earliest enslaved Africans, Native Americans.
YouTuber Seth Calls David Dobrik Prank Video Sexual Assault
       
Joseth Francois, 26, is more widely known on the internet as Seth, an influencer who was part of megafamous YouTuber David Dobrik's Vlog Squad. But now, after almost four years and 10 million views, Francois is unpacking his experience from one "prank" video with Dobrik, saying it was sexual assault. Francois told BuzzFeed News he's speaking out now to "reverse the damage" and to prevent incidents like this from happening in the industry again. Francois told BuzzFeed News in an interview Tuesday that being written into sketches like this enabled fans to openly make racist jokes about him. "The most horrific experience, and I am still experiencing trauma, is that bit with Jason Nash," Francois told BuzzFeed News.
'The Bachelor's Rachael Kirkconnell & Chris Harrison Controversy, Explained
       
Matt James is the star of Season 25 of The Bachelor, and he’s the show’s first-ever Black male lead. (The first Black lead was The Bachelorette’s Rachel Lindsay in 2017.) There have been a number of problematic incidents with this particular cast, but this current ordeal centers on a contestant named Rachael Kirkconnell. On Jan. 26, a TikTok user accused Kirkconnell of liking racist photos on social media and taking photos with friends wearing MAGA hats. Two days later, Harrison issued an apology to Bachelor Nation and specifically to Lindsay for his words.
How Gaining 100k Instagram Followers After #BLM Protests Affected Jessica Wilson's Mental Health
       
Six months later, she reflects on how quickly gaining a large Instagram following has impacted her mental health and work. After my first post about it, my professional Instagram went from having about 10,000 followers to about 100,000 followers in two days. For Black women especially, when our content and our words are challenging people, there is a lot of engagement on social media. How can we celebrate that as much as the labor Black women are doing? There are people behind this content and this labor, but when folks just value Black women for their labor, there is so much that’s missed.
Bust of Black hero of Lewis & Clark trip goes up in Portland
       
Now, one of the first works of art to emerge in their place depicts an unsung hero of the Lewis and Clark expedition. People have flocked to the bust, which seems to be at least four feet tall, in Mount Tabor Park. "The story of York is really compelling and very sad.”Passersby stare up at the bust or touch the tall stone pedestal. Pedestals that used to support statues that were torn down by Black Lives Matter protesters or removed by officials now are empty. In the epic expedition, York had gone on scouting missions, had hunted buffalo and deer to feed the group and helped tend to the sick.
Oregon leads U.S. in armed militia interest, is breeding ground for ‘FEMA concentration camps’ conspiracy theory: report
       
In the run-up to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Oregon led all states in per-capita internet searches for “armed groups” and conspiracy theories. The three most common Oregon searches in Moonshot’s data -- and five of the top 10 -- are tied to QAnon conspiracy theories. A graphic in a February report from Moonshot CVE indicates internet searches "related to election violence." The Moonshot report found that, with population weighting, Oregon led all states in internet searches for armed groups. There’s just the potential for so much more violence right now.”Those implications reach deep into Oregon, the report concluded.
Renée Watson’s latest young adult novel, ‘Love is a Revolution,’ centers Black joy, ‘all sorts of love’
       
When the Black Lives Matter protests got underway last year, Renée Watson was working on revisions to her latest young adult novel, “Love is a Revolution.”As the title suggests, the book has a social justice element. Then she reminded herself: “Joy is happening, too, and love is happening, too. From there, Watson weaves “a love story of all sorts of love,” from self-love to loving one’s family and friends to love for the community. “Love is a Revolution” represents a bit of a breather for Watson. “First and foremost, yes, I am writing for Black girls,” Watson said.
Daniel Prude: protesters decry New York jury's failure to indict officers in death
       
A crowd of somber yet outraged protesters in Rochester, upstate New York, endured bitter cold on Tuesday night to decry a grand jury’s failure to indict local police officers for the death of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old local black man, last March. And until there is justice in this system, they will not get no peace from us,” said protester Jay Johnson. The medical examiner ruled that his death was a homicide due to “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint”. “Excited delirium” and phencyclidine (PCP) intoxication – a drug his friends say he used more after his close nephew’s death in 2018 – also contributed. “The system too often allows officers to use deadly force unnecessarily and without consequence,” James said.
Biden Plans to “Reinvigorate” a Community Policing Office That Has a Dark History
       
Biden has promised to “reinvigorate” funding for the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, office with a $300 million investment in putting new “community policing” officers on the street. Instead, the Biden administration should take a hard look at the history of the COPS office and federal spending on so-called community-oriented policing efforts. The office has now funded more than $16 billion for the community policing initiatives of state and local law enforcement agencies. Indeed, one of the progenitors of the “Broken Windows” theory has argued that this style of policing is a “core element” of community policing. AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementDOJ grant-making has fueled the growth of militarized and racist tendencies in law enforcement under the amiable name of “community policing” for too long already.
In images and words of rebirth, a poignant tribute to civil rights giants John Lewis and C.T. Vivian
       
ADADOver the summer, during the height of the reignited Black Lives Matter movement, the civil rights giants John Lewis and C.T. But Rux and Weems’s work, a poignant tribute to Lewis and Vivian, takes a different approach. In his unsentimental and moving poem, Lewis is “a sharecropper’s son,” and Vivian, a “boy from Boonesville.” The miracle of their lives is in their commonness. Weems, Rux’s friend and collaborator, pairs the sentiment with fast-forwarded X-ray footage of flowers growing. Notice how at the beginning of Part 2 of the poem, we see Rux’s hands before we see his face.
Bust of Black hero of Lewis & Clark trip goes up in Portland
       
Now, one of the first works of art to emerge in their place depicts an unsung hero of the Lewis and Clark expedition. People have flocked to the bust, which seems to be at least four feet tall, in Mount Tabor Park. “The story of York is really compelling and very sad.”Passersby stare up at the bust or touch the tall stone pedestal. Pedestals that used to support statues that were torn down by Black Lives Matter protesters or removed by officials now are empty. In the epic expedition, York had gone on scouting missions, had hunted buffalo and deer to feed the group and helped tend to the sick.
US navy veteran having mental health crisis died after officer knelt on his neck
       
A US navy veteran who was experiencing a mental health crisis died after a police officer called out to help him knelt on his neck for several minutes, asphyxiating him, lawyers for his family have said. Does he have a pulse?”, as officers begin pumping his chest in an attempt to resuscitate him. Lawyers for the family have filed a wrongful death claim against the city of Antioch, accusing police of having carried out an illegal chokehold. The AP reported that Quinto, who was born in the Philippines, was honorably discharged from the navy in 2019. But right now I can tell you that the right thing would not have killed my brother.”
Washington Senate passes bill requiring police officers to intervene in excessive force cases
       
The Washington state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would require police officers to try and stop their colleagues from using excessive force, a law enforcement accountability push that comes in the wake of the George Floyd's killing last year. State Sen. Tim Sheldon was the only Democrat who opposed the measure. The legislation would requires any identifiable on-duty peace officer who witnesses another engaging or attempting to engage in excessive force to try to intervene. The bill would mandate that all law enforcement officers in the state would receive relevant training. Many Republican senators attempted to introduce amendments that would narrow legal definitions of “excessive force” and “intervention” in the bill.
Satanic Panics and the Death of Mythos ? Current Affairs
       
The book quotes Karen Armstrong, a writer on comparative religion, on the difference between what the Greeks called mythos and logos. So how did mythos and logos explain evangelical Christians’ hatred of spooky monster games? One might think that mythos was the preferred realm of evangelicals, since they believe so strongly in God. Not only do we need mythos to help us find these moments of deeper meaning, we need mythos to give shape to the total mess that is our lives. It helps to explain the Satanic Panic, yes, but this rejection of mythos didn’t die with the 1980s.
Why Are There So Few Monuments That Successfully Depict Women?
       
THESE NEW STATUES are also arriving in the midst of a larger and significant global reckoning about historical authority and representation. The same month, the poet Caroline Randall Williams published her searing essay “You Want a Confederate Monument? Artists projected images of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd on it; activists painted names of other victims of police violence on its base. Such statues are compelling onlookers to consider what is essential history, to reconsider one’s position within the arc of the moral universe. Installed in 2018, it is the first outdoor portrait sculpture of a Black woman in the city.
Buffalo students told ‘all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism’
       
The story of Buffalo Public Schools is a sad and familiar one: a dying industrial town, underperforming inner-city schools, and high rates of failure among racial minorities. In a lesson on “confronting whiteness in our classrooms,” teachers ask white students to atone for their “white privilege” and to “use their voices” for the cause of antiracism. In another lesson, students learn the putative difference between white European and traditional African systems of justice. Buffalo Public Schools have been an abject failure: by fifth grade, only 18 percent of students are proficient in math and 20 percent of students are proficient in English; one-third of all students fail to graduate from high school. Antiracist ideologues claim to have the solution to America’s deepest problems, but in institutions such as Buffalo Public Schools, they have failed to ensure that students reach minimum levels of literacy.
To this baker, promoting Black food businesses is more than just lip service
       
It can be anyone who doesn’t have support.”Council sees a need to move beyond the idea of Black-owned businesses — and toward Black-led alliances. “I try not to say no,” she said, “but more about what you need to do to be a better fit. But if it’s right and we like it, we bring it in.”Some of the business owners she supports through NC Made are Black, but not all. “With supporting local in the pandemic and Black Lives Matter, it’s not something you can do for one season and it’s over. ADADBut solidarity is not just a conversation among Black and White North Carolinians.
Isabel Allende isn’t passing the feminist torch — she’s sharing it
       
On Wednesday, HBO Max announced it will stream a three-part biopic, “Isabel,” about her extraordinary life, beginning March 12. Joining the cause, you established the Isabel Allende Foundation, whose motto reads: “We Only Have What We Give.” Do you call yourself an activist? In my 20s I realized there was a feminist movement out there and that millions of other women were doing the work. I became a journalist and wrote for Paula, a feminist magazine in Chile, so I could refocus my anger into action. You encourage young women to feel at home in their intellect and their bodies, as you have.
Bust of Black hero of Lewis & Clark trip goes up in Portland, Ore.
       
People have flocked to the bust, which seems to be at least four feet tall, in Mount Tabor Park. Now, one of the first works of art to emerge in their place depicts an unsung hero of the Lewis and Clark expedition. "The story of York is really compelling and very sad.”Passersby stare up at the bust or touch the tall stone pedestal. AdvertisementPedestals that used to support statues that were torn down by Black Lives Matter protesters or removed by officials now are empty. In the epic expedition, York had gone on scouting missions, had hunted buffalo and deer to feed the group and helped tend to the sick.
Black Lives Matter designers make history with the movement's first Milan Fashion Week show
       
Last minute touches on a frilly white dress, a final coat of powder and it's showtime for the Black Lives Matter-inspired collective making history at Milan Fashion Week. Michelle Ngonmo, who chose those to include in the show, described opening fashion week as 'a first step', rather than a victory. Pictured: A design by Mokudu FallMichelle Ngonmo, who chose those to include in the Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion show, described opening fashion week as 'a first step', rather than a victory. On an individual level, opening Milan Fashion Week is a dream come true for the designers, all of whom are Italian but were born in various African countries. Previously, the presentation of the collections of black designers was confined to Afro Fashion Week, which launched in Milan with a show in 2016.
ACLU helping Arapaho County man sue his metro district over flag rule
       
ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — David Pendery sees his pride flag as a sign of unity and welcome. We fly a Colorado flag from time to time, just like people fly sports teams flags"The flag, and its meaning, has been embraced by his Arapahoe County neighborhood, Whispering Pines. "It had full support, people saying ‘that’s great.’ It was the metro district that didn’t think so," Pendery said. "We believe that Mr. Pendery has a constitutional right to fly a flag." But Pendery believes his case is even stronger because Whispering Pines Metropolitan District #1 is a public governing body.
Merrick Garland, Biden’s AG nominee, approaches vote with bipartisan support
       
Judge Merrick Garland will head into next week’s confirmation vote on his nomination to be attorney general with considerable support from Republicans, despite evading key questions pertinent to conservatives’ concerns. Merrick Garland is receiving considerable support from Republicans ahead of his confirmation vote. ), who does not appear likely to support Garland’s nomination, appeared to acknowledge it was a done deal Tuesday. McConnell (R-Ky.) responded affirmatively when asked Tuesday how he planned to vote on Garland’s nomination, but has not offered an official statement as of early Wednesday morning. Then-Senate Majority Leader McConnell would not allow Garland’s nomination to be brought to a vote in the Senate at the time.
The New York Times paints a grim picture of its own workplace culture
       
New York (CNN Business) The New York Times ( NYT ) is admitting its own workplace issues, particularly around the treatment of Black and Latino employees, in a report released Wednesday . Included with the analysis is a four-point plan to improve conditions that the report's authors say will require "commitment from company leadership" as well as employees. In a note signed by Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger , CEO Meredith Kopit Levien and Executive Editor Dean Baquet , Times leadership said the result of an eight-month investigation of its own workplace "calls for us to transform our culture." Several Times staffers tweeted screenshots of the headline on Cotton's piece, "Send In the Troops," with the words: "Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger." Wednesday's report, commissioned shortly after the Cotton controversy, paints a grim picture of The Times' workplace culture.
'We don't do it for the clout': Nneka Ogwumike is fighting for a better WNBA, and a better world
       
The Los Angeles Sparks forward and WNBA champion said her morning routine has become a staple, especially after the year she had. WNBA players and women athletes more broadly have had to fight age-old stereotypes and gender expectations that tend to degrade their value and skills. WNBA players aren't playing to simply prove themselves to others: “We don’t do it for the clout," she said, but attitudes still need to change. “A lot of what we've done in the past couple years as WNBA players has been directly related to changes that we may never experience. Most of the tension between Loeffler and players on her team, the Atlanta Dream, is due to political differences.
'There's a lot more to come:' After record turnout in 2020 elections, activism from Black athletes is only beginning
       
During Black History Month, with the series 28 Black stories in 28 days, USA TODAY Sports examines the issues, challenges and opportunities Black athletes and sports officials face after the nation’s reckoning on race in 2020. His tweet signaled that while the movement began last year, large-scale athlete activism — particularly among Black athletes — is just in its beginning stages. Black athletes have long been on the forefront of activism and societal reform. “The (star) athletes don’t have to be on an island by themselves,” Cooper told USA TODAY Sports. The onus for progress shouldn’t completely fall on the shoulders of Black athletes, Robinson said — leagues and teams can take initiative.
'Lynching was treated as a celebratory event': Adrian Younge on the history of US racism
       
“I’m sacrificing myself to deliver a message,” says the composer, multi-instrumentalist and now podcast-maker Adrian Younge. “We aren’t aware enough of black history, nor of the integral role black people have played in building America. “Pre-Covid, I was travelling the world performing and I was shocked at how little people understood about racism and its history,” he says. “Racism is a learned behaviour and one America developed through building its nation on the backs of slave labour and those economic gains. Most strikingly, the cover art for The American Negro album is a black-and-white image of Younge being lynched, in the fashion of a “lynching postcard”.
‘You are valued’: 7 books to empower Black children
       
The Black Lives Matter movement is generating serious and hopefully sustained conversation about systemic racism and being non-white in America. And with special urgency, they also offer “you are valued” recognition for a rainbow of kids, in years past mostly unrecognized and unrepresented. Picture booksIn recent years, a steady stream of picture books has begun to mirror Black and brown kids. ‘A Girl Like Me’Written by Angela Johnson and illustrated by Nina Crew(Millbrook; 32 pages; $19.99; ages 4-8)Girls have dreams. Black, brown and white, donning cool hats and colorful scarves, they come together to enjoy the beach, each other and possibility.
Black Lives Matter designers make history in Milan
       
Last minute touches on a frilly white dress, a final coat of powder and it's showtime for the Black Lives Matter-inspired collective making history at Milan Fashion Week. Is opening fashion week a victory? She is a co-founder of the collective dubbed Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion, named after the anti-racism movement that swept the United States last year and reached Europe. On an individual level, opening Milan Fashion Week is a dream come true for the designers, all Italian but born in various African countries. Previously, the presentation of the collections of black designers was confined to Afro Fashion Week, which launched in Milan with a show in 2016.
Black Lives Matter designers make history in Milan
       
A model presents a creation by Senegalese fashion designer, Pape Mocodou Fall, aka Mokodu from the collective "Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion" in Milan during the filming of the fashion show that opened the Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday. Advertising Read moreMilan (AFP)Last minute touches on a frilly white dress, a final coat of powder and it's showtime for the Black Lives Matter-inspired collective making history at Milan Fashion Week. She is a co-founder of the collective dubbed Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion, named after the anti-racism movement that swept the United States last year and reached Europe. On an individual level, opening Milan Fashion Week is a dream come true for the designers, all Italian but born in various African countries. Previously, the presentation of the collections of black designers was confined to Afro Fashion Week, which launched in Milan with a show in 2016.
Afro-Latinos say ethnicity doesn't 'shield' Latinos from confronting racism
       
After attending a Black Lives Matter march in Paris last summer protesting George Floyd's death, the Afro-Latina supermodel Joan Smalls thought back on her own experiences with racism. "We want to have this perceived notion that we're all equal, but in reality, we're not treated that way," Smalls said. False narratives about the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol blamed Black Lives Matter protesters or equated the deadly siege with marches for racial justice. Latinos "need to stop acting as if our ethnicity shields us from any implications in regard to racial issues," Hernandez said. A misconception among Latinos and others is that Black Lives Matter is "about trying to put Black people first, as supposed to looking at Black Lives Matter as a human rights platform," Hernandez said.
Bodies and coffins left floating at sea after huge landslide hits cliff-top Italian cemetery
       
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) attempted to sort it out but concluded, “Whatever happened here doesn't seem to me to be in agreement with various timeframes.” Sen. He drew a comparison to the militarized posture of the complex during the Black Lives Matter protests in June 2020. Klobuchar noted that the authorities had enough intelligence to know they had to make additional preparations for Jan. 6. “If the information was enough to get you to do that, why didn't we take some additional steps?” she asked. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
From pensions to the pandemic: The moments that defined Gina Raimondo’s time in R.I. politics
       
“Jack” McConnell Jr., then a successful lawyer and now chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island. “He says I suggested Gina, and I say he suggested Gina,” Coyne-McCoy recalled. “But somebody suggested Gina.”The suggestion made sense from a Rhode Island political perspective: “She was Italian, she was a venture capitalist, she had an incredible educational background, and she was very Rhode Island – from Smithfield,” she said. Steven Senne/ASSOCIATED PRESSPENSION OVERHAULRaimondo drew national attention for the 2011 state pension overhaul that she championed as state treasurer. Frog & Toad, a Providence gift shop, is selling "Knock it off" T-shirts bearing Governor Gina M. Raimondo's admonition to those violating social distancing rules amid the coronavirus outbreak.
MFW Kicks Off With A Celebration Of Black Talent, But Has It Rectified Its Diversity Problem?
       
It has been five months since the Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion collective made its electrifying debut on the Milan Fashion Week schedule in spite of its sleepy Sunday-afternoon slot. “Consider that nine months ago, we were completely invisible and now five Black talents will inaugurate Milan Fashion Week,” says Jean on the phone from her home in Rome. © JON BRONXL PHOTOGRAPHERThe Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion showcase is the first of its kind on the Milan Fashion Week schedule, which has struggled to address its lack of diversity in recent years. © JON BRONXL PHOTOGRAPHERBuchanan, the founder of Sansovino 6, says the impact on the designers has been significant. © JON BRONXL PHOTOGRAPHERNgomo, who has mentored and championed talent for years through Afro Fashion Week, has harmonious advice for her soon-to-be alumni.
Protesters gather in Rochester streets after announcement that no officers will be charged in Daniel Prude's death
       
(CNN) Dozens of protesters marched in Rochester on Tuesday night, just hours after New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a grand jury voted not to indict any police officers on charges relating to Daniel Prude's death. The protesters, some holding "Black Lives Matter" signs, called for justice and chanted Prude's name, according to video from CNN affiliate WHAM. "My heart goes out to the Prude family during this difficult time," the chief said. We are glad the grand jury made the right decision, but this doesn't put an end to the situation the community finds itself," Rich said. "I disagree with Attorney General James that somehow the Grand Jury got it wrong."
'That's the Fire': Janelle Monáe Talks with Barrier-Breaking Missouri Lawmaker Cori Bush
       
That's what the freshman congresswoman tells actress and musician Janelle Monáe in a new conversation for Interview magazine. I remember when no amount of blankets could warm us up," Bush, a mother of two, told Monáe. I remember going through a very violent sexual assault right after my very first race." Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist and former nurse, in November became the first Black woman to be elected to Congress from Missouri. When the last person came up to me and said, "Hi, you must be Breonna Taylor," I was really upset ...
What We Know About the Death of Daniel Prude
       
Prude suffocated in the hood, but his death only became public knowledge in September, when the family released body-cam footage in a news conference. Below, everything we know about Daniel Prude’s death. Prude’s death was kept quiet — until body-cam footage was released in September. “The mischaracterization and the politicization of the actions that I took after being informed of Mr. Prude’s death is not based on facts, and is not what I stand for.”An internal review suggested police actively worked to conceal the circumstances of Prude’s death. Michael Magri — involved in Prude’s death.
Delilah Hamlin and her boyfriend Eyal Booker put on a very steamy display in the shower
       
Delilah Hamlin and her boyfriend Eyal Booker gave an intimate look at their life together in a newly released shoot for Paper magazine. Looking every inch the loved-up couple while tenderly wrapped in each other's arms, Booker sported a beaming grin across his handsome face. Happy couple: Delilah Hamlin and her boyfriend Eyal Booker gave an intimate look at their life together in a newly released shoot for Paper magazineMeanwhile, the eldest daughter of Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin caressed her man's bulging biceps and displayed her incredible physique. A close-up of just Booker showed him looking off in the distance with his damp brown hair perfectly tousled. Eyal appeared on the 2018 series of Love Island and started dating Delilah, in May 2019, after she slid into his DMs.
Black Lives Matter opens up about its finances
       
NEW YORK — The foundation widely seen as a steward of the Black Lives Matter movement says it took in just over $90 million last year, according to a financial snapshot shared exclusively with The Associated Press. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is now building infrastructure to catch up to the speed of its funding and plans to use its endowment to become known for more than protests after Black Americans die at the hands of police or vigilantes. “We want to uplift Black joy and liberation, not just Black death. We want to see Black communities thriving, not just surviving,” reads an impact report the foundation shared with the AP before releasing it. This marks the first time in the movement’s nearly eight-year history that BLM leaders have revealed a detailed look at their finances.
BLM discloses finances for first time and reveals group raked in $90m in donations last year
       
Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has revealed its finances for the first time, noting that the group raked in $90million in donations last year. The foundation said it committed $21.7million in grant funding to official and unofficial BLM chapters, as well as 30 black-led local organizations. The group formally incorporated as the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. in 2017 and has seen been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Black Lives Matter chapters call for transparencyA group of 10 chapters, called the #BLM10, rejected the foundation´s funding offer last year and complained publicly about the lack of donor transparency. Leaders at the BLM foundation admit that they have not been clear about the movement´s finances and governance over the years.
Black Kos, Tuesday's Chile. Celebrating the birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois
       
b. February 23, 1868 d. August 27, 1963Commentary by Black Kos Editor Denise Oliver-VelezToday is the birthday of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (W.E.B. This is not the first time we have celebrated Du Bois here at Black Kos, and it will not be the last. As a public intellectual Du Bois fought injustice, inequality, and prejudice wherever he found it through public debates, speeches, countless editorials, and essays. Du Bois was a global figure, a world traveller, a convener of Pan African Congresses, and an enemy of colonialism. In case you missed them, see:Liberation Sociology, by Chitown KevHappy Birthday Dr. Du Bois by Denise Oliver VelezWe have also republished pieces like Keef Knight’s Du Bois cartoon — which should be re-shared.
City funded Elijah McLain Investigation finds Cops suck at policing themselves.
       
Elijah McClain. The only police who have faced any discipline are three officers who were caught taking “smiling selfies and reenacting the carotid hold at a memorial site for McClain.” Yes. The investigation found the police made no attempt at physical contact, examination or questioning before asking the paramedics to administer the ketamine to McClain. Weiser opened a grand jury investigation into photos leaked of officers taking smiling selfies and reenacting the carotid hold at a memorial site for McClain. Three Aurora Police officers were fired and one resigned in July afterat a memorial site for McClain.
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening speaks out about show recasting its non-white roles
       
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has spoken out about the show's decision to recast its non-white roles, following allegations of racial stereotyping in recent years. On Tuesday it was announced the character of Dr. Hibbert, voiced by white actor Harry Shearer, has been replaced by black actor Kevin Michael Richardson. After the backlash, The Simpsons announced it would be re-casting its non-white roles. Elsewhere, Hank Azaria made the decision to stop voicing the Indian-American character of Apu on The Simpsons, last playing the role in 2017. The casting move comes after Fox made a brief statement on the matter last June: 'Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice nonwhite characters.'
A year into pandemic, Milan fashion week stays virtual
       
Armani was forced to move its show at the February 2020 Milan Fashion Week behind closed doors as coronavirus took hold in nearby CodognoAdvertising Read moreMilan (AFP)Fashionistas will have to log on to soak up the glamour at Milan Fashion Week, which remains online a year after the coronavirus first swept into northern Italy. The word "coronavirus" was just starting to pop up in conversations among members of the global style elite as they gathered for the February 2020 edition of Milan Fashion Week. Milan organisers nevertheless intend the latest Fashion Week, which runs until March 1, to show that the industry can adapt in the face of crisis. In the brave new world of virtual fashion weeks, the success of the latest Milan edition will be measured in terms of how many eyeballs it manages to reach. The last Milan Fashion Week, in September, reached more than 43 million views on the event's exclusive streaming channel, with partners including the New York Times and China's Tencent Video relaying the footage worldwide.
Buffalo's school district tells students that 'all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism'
       
Buffalo schools have adopted a curriculum that pushes controversial ideas about race, such as that all white people perpetuate systemic racism. The school district's training and curriculum gained renewed attention on Tuesday when Discovery Institute researcher Chris Rufo reported on a whistleblower's comments. OREGON PROMOTES TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM THAT SEEKS TO UNDO 'RACISM IN MATHEMATICS'One of the district's instructional materials also includes the assertion that "all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism." Fox News previously reported on Buffalo's embrace of a "Black Lives Matter" curriculum that taught students to question the nuclear family structure. Rufo's whistleblower echoed others across the country who have complained about the growing trend of critical race theory or so-called "anti-racist" curricula in U.S. institutions.
Black Lives Matter raised more than $90 million in 2020
       
NEW YORK — The foundation widely seen as a steward of the Black Lives Matter movement says it took in just over $90 million last year, according to a financial snapshot shared exclusively with The Associated Press. This marks the first time in the movement’s nearly eight-year history that BLM leaders have revealed a detailed look at their finances. The foundation said it committed $21.7 million in grant funding to official and unofficial BLM chapters, as well as 30 Black-led local organizations. In its report, the BLM foundation said individual donations via its main fundraising platform averaged $30.76. Leaders at the BLM foundation admit that they have not been clear about the movement’s finances and governance over the years.
Your Anti-Racism Reading List Isn't Complete Without Fiction About Black People
       
She also couldn’t help but wonder: Why weren’t people reading fiction as well? “It says to me that a lot of people can only relate to us from above us.”Why Black fiction mattersWhy should you make a point to read fiction? In a 2013 paper published in Science, people were asked to read either literary fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction or nothing. “Black authors today still keep it real, but they also uplift, celebrate and inspire.”Don’t stop at reading fiction about Black lives. But as you endeavor to read more Black fiction independently, make sure you’re not just reading about Black trauma.
Opinion: The truly shocking failures on the day rioters stormed the Capitol
       
(CNN) On Tuesday , three of the Capitol police's former top leaders and the acting chief of the Washington, DC police testified before the Senate about the cascading law enforcement failures that occurred on January 6 as rioters stormed the Capitol complex. Others equated an attack on the Capitol done in the name of the former president with sporadic violence and property destruction during Black Lives Matter protests. Two explosives, Sund said, had been placed near the Capitol perimeter, and he believes those may have been intentional distractions to divert law enforcement attention away from the Capitol building as rioters attempted to sack it. JUST WATCHED These are the key moments from the US Capitol riot Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH These are the key moments from the US Capitol riot 04:47Capt. And what's coming into focus includes and goes well beyond law enforcement failures and calls into question decisions made by our country's top security and defense agencies, and our most powerful leaders.
Anti-Asian violence is surging. But we can’t answer bigotry with bigotry.
       
Until the surge in attacks on Asian Americans recently made the national spotlight, I had tried to forget. This past year, as anti-Asian hate crimes significantly increased, Asian Americans had known what was coming. On Reddit and Twitter, users have repopularized a 2010 article calling “black-on-Asian violence” San Francisco’s “dirty secret.”I urge my fellow Asian Americans to reject these narratives. It can be seen, for instance, in the affirmative action debate whenever Asian Americans are weaponized as a perceived success story against Black Americans’ critiques of structural discrimination. As Asian Americans, we can protect ourselves and seek accountability without becoming conduits for racism.
BLM shares detailed look at finances: report
       
For the first time in the Black Lives Matter movement's nearly eight year history, leaders of the organization have shared a detailed look at their finances. Black Lives Matter's influence and funding grew immensly following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The foundation told AP that it committed $21.7 million in grant funding to official and unofficial BLM chapters, as well as 30 Black-led local organizations. The BLM foundation's individual donations from its main platform reportedly averaged $30.76, with more than 10% of donations being recurring. The BLM foundation was granted nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service in December, allowing the organization to receive tax-deductible donations directly.
Urban cowgirl Brianna Noble brings horses to East Oakland Collective food giveaway
       
OAKLAND — On Tuesday morning, there was something you don’t usually see in East Oakland — horses. “It’s so amazing to have Brianna bring the horses down to our food giveaway. Food insecurity, especially during the pandemic, is a real issue, and the collective is doing its part to help feed the community by serving food Monday through Friday. She said the work her daughter is doing to bring horses and horse management skills to underserved youth through her Humble program is amazing. “Everybody remembers the first time they got to touch or handle a horse,” Noble said.
FBI alert about possible ‘war’ against Congress reached D.C. and Capitol Police on eve of attack, deepening security questions
       
ADOne came in the form of the Capitol Police’s own intelligence report three days before the attack, as The Washington Post first reported. It was also posted on the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal, which is available to law enforcement officers nationwide, the bureau said. “The language was aspirational in nature with no specific and credible details.”ADThe deluge of incendiary threats online, law enforcement officials have said, has made it difficult to distinguish aspirational boasts from actual public safety concerns. He also has said the document was shared through a joint terrorism task force that includes representatives from the Capitol Police, D.C. police and other law enforcement agencies. Sund said he never saw the report himself, nor did the top security officials in the Capitol, the House and Senate sergeants-at-arms.
From Cleveland To Boston, Newsrooms Revisit Old Stories To Offer A 'Fresh Start'
       
'Fresh Start' is an attempt to do this in a little more of a systematic way." In Cleveland, The Right To Be ForgottenThe leader of this movement can be found in Ohio. Chris Quinn, the editor of cleveland.com and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, agreed to pull the man's name out of the story at Ruiz's request. In Cleveland, editors have left up stories about violent crime and public officials, including law enforcement officers, despite requests. One sign of that: the Plain Dealer and cleveland.com no longer run mug shots.
Newton officials investigate hateful letter sent to Brown Middle School employee
       
The letter was directly addressed to the Brown staff member, who picked it up in his school mailbox. Newton school officials said they are investigating a hateful letter sent late last month to a Brown Middle School staff member of color whose job includes developing Black History Month lessons in the building. She asked anyone who has information to reach out to the Brown Middle School administration. AdvertisementFleishman told School Committee members the Brown Middle School staff member was frightened and in a lot of pain after receiving the letter. The Brown school community was standing by the employee, Fleishman said.
A Director Is Born: Steve McQueen on His Childhood TV Set
       
Tony Curtis was someone I met on television as a trapeze artist, as Harry Houdini, as a musician, and as a heartthrob. John Boyega in the Small Axe episode “Red, White and Blue.” By Will Robson-Scott/Amazon Prime Video. Working with John Boyega on the Small Axe episode “Red, White and Blue” was a strange affair. In the audience of thousands, unbeknownst to John, was the man he was portraying in “Red, White and Blue,” Leroy Logan. Without it, I can honestly say I would not be working in film and TV.
Obama Addresses Racial Slurs, Race Relations And Reparations In Candid Podcast
       
Former President Barack Obama spoke about race relations in American society during the second episode of his new podcast with Bruce Springsteen, arguing that at its heart, racism is an “assertion of status over the other.”“I may be poor. I’m not you,” Obama said, describing the impetus behind one person calling another a racial epithet. In the second episode of “Renegades: Born in the USA,” released Monday, the 44th president said this psychology was institutionalized over time to justify dehumanizing others and taking advantage of them. “And I remember I popped him in the face and broke his nose and we were in the locker room. All that made the prospect of actually proposing any kind of coherent, meaningful reparations program ... not only a non-starter but potentially counterproductive.”Listen to the podcast’s second episode below.
Column: NASCAR's flag ban opens sport to diverse new crowd
       
A sign at the entrance to Daytona International Speedway warned spectators the Confederate flag was not welcome on property. Phelps' theory proved true a year ago -- on the very day NASCAR banned the Confederate flag. Kamara saw Wallace, NASCAR's only Black fulltime driver, race with a “Black Lives Matter” paint scheme and wear a shirt that read, ‘I Can't Breathe.' Driven by Wallace, 23XI Racing is the only team with a Black owner and Black driver. He has cited a recent brand tracking study hat found 1,750 self-identified “avid NASCAR fans” overwhelmingly supported the sanctioning body's stance on social justice in 2020.
GOP Senators in Tennessee pen letter to state's universities urging them to ban kneeling protests
       
'When they don the jersey of a Tennessee university, they step out of their personal roles and into the role of an ambassador for our state. 'We expect all those who walk onto the field of play representing our universities to also walk onto the field of play to show respect for our National Anthem.' '[But] they're representing the school and the school represents Tennessee and Tennessee shows preference to our time-honored people and institutions who went before us. This is not the first time a university team in the state has taken a knee during the national anthem this year. However, the team has remained in the locker room for the national anthem for all of their games since January 7.